Douglas Flat

Gold was first discovered near Coyote Creek in the early 1850s, and Douglas Flat soon developed - named for a Mr. Douglas that camped there. The town soon had a church, flour mill, blacksmith, school, and stores and saloons to serve its miners from several different backgrounds. In 1857, $130,000 was produced by Douglas Flat's Harper and Lone Star claims.

In addition to mining, settlers at Douglas Flat also planted extensive orchards, vineyards, and gardens. S.A. Perry, who owned the hotel in nearby Murphys, grew apples, plums, cherries, figs, and apricots at Douglas Flat, and today agriculture has held on long after mining has ceased.

I Visited Douglas Flat