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Downieville is historically one of the most important and colorful towns of the Northern Mines. Gold deposits were discovered in 1848-49.
The spot where the town later developed was known as Jim Crow Diggins, Washingtonville, Missouri Town, or simply The Forks. In the spring of 1850 the town had 15 hotels and gambling halls, 4 bakeries, 4 butcher shops, and every piece of ground was claimed. In 1851 it had in excess of 5,000 inhabitants.
This friendly but tiny town is in part of Sierra County known as the "lost Sierra." It is a popular destination for outdoor recreation, most specifically fishing, mountain biking, back country jeeping and motorcycling, kayaking, hiking and nature walks, and gold panning,