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Coarsegold Historic Village

Cultural District
entrance to village and tepee

The Coarsegold Historic Village is the perfect point to begin your Yosemite National Park vacation or Gold Country outing. Nestled in the Sierra foothills on the Yosemite Highway, Coarsegold is the forgotten southern link on the old Mother Lode in California's Gold Country. Check out the genuine Tee Pee and try your luck gold panning for real gold!

Absorb our 'Old West' atmosphere while enjoying your favorite coffee beverage. Twice a year, on Memorial Day and Labor Day, we host the World Famous Peddlers Fairs. These are four-day events offering the finest antiques, collectibles, and treasures. The Village is also home to a unique community of artists, and artisans, many of whom produce their art or craft on site, year-round.

The best American dining in the foothills will be found here and our park is ideal for a relaxing picnic lunch.

If you're a history buff in search of California history on the old Mother Lode, the Village is a good place to start. Gold was discovered here in 1852 and, just like the early prospectors, folks are still finding it in true Mother Lode style. Art, antique & collectible enthusiasts on the hunt will also be rewarded. Maybe you just need to stop and rest after the long dusty ride to Yosemite National Park. The Coarsegold Historic Village is a great place to cool your heels. You'll find food and diversion for the family while you enjoy shopping for great one-of-a-kind gifts.

History of Area

In the mid 1800s Coarsegold was known as "Coarse-Gold Gulch" after the coarse nuggets the miners found in the nearby streams. Over one and a half million dollars have been mined from the creeks in this area.

The Texas Flat Gold Mine is the best known and was the most extensively worked mine in the Coarsegold vicinity. Two Texas brothers started the mine when they found a single nugget worth $15,000.00 about a mile west. By 1850, 10,000 people lived in the fields and hills behind downtown Coarsegold. Besides Texas Flat, there were 18 other recorded mines in this district. Today, locals and tourists still dig up the occasional nugget in Coarsegold Creek less than 75 feet from the Village Parking area.

The well house, built in 1852 is on display in the Village courtyard. It served as a major watering hole for weary & dusty travelers on stagecoach and horseback. It sat in the center of Highway 41 for years. The grape vine arbor, next to the well house has the oldest and largest vines in the State Of California. These grapes came from cuttings from a Southern California Mission in 1862. The granite benches came from the Raymond Quarry and were a part of the Old Inns garden area. The well house today...

This is the site of the former Coarsegold Inn, a World Famous Restaurant, Saloon, Hotel and Theatre. First built in 1880, the Inn burned to the ground three times, every 30 years or so. The last fire was August 9, 1989. Some of the finest musicians in the U.S. have performed on the Inn's stage. It may someday rise again.

Alfonso's Hideaway Operates in the 'Old Inn's' bathhouse and our two story building next door is known as the " Hoot Gibson Card Room". It was also an annex to one of the early Inns'. Offering special accommodations with the ice and meat storage rooms below. The Thrift Store building, next to the grape arbor was a dinning room for the old Inn, and before that one of the old Coarsegold Post Offices. It was opened in 1885 as Coarse-Gold Gulch. It was changed in 1885 to Gold Gulch and in 1895 to its present name. The three remaining cabins were built around 1939 and served as guest cabins with rates at $2.50 for a single and $3.00 for doubles. The rock walls were built in the early 1900's.

The Chukchansi and Picyunne Indians still reside in Coarsegold. They are best known for their intricate basket weaving, with the older ones valued at up to $5,000.00. This was their land long before the rest of us arrived and their heritage and culture continues to enrich us all.

The history of Coarsegold encompasses all of the traditional folklore of the Old West; Gold, Timber, Cattle, Ranches, Cowboys and Indian Tribes. Since the road to Yosemite ( Highway 41 ) was completed in 1876, the oncoming rush of travelers from all over the world has done little to change this quiet area. For 144 years, Coarsegold has been known as a peaceful place to stop and rest while looking for gold.

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