Quartzburg, Mariposa County, California

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Quartzburg (earlier, Burns' Creek, Burns' Camp, Burns' Ranch, and Burns' Diggings) is a former settlement in Mariposa County, California.[1] It was located on Burns Creek 2 miles (3.2 km) upstream from Hornitos.[1]

John and Robert Burns settled at the site in 1847.[1] A mining camp grew up.[1] A post office operated at Quartzburg from 1851 to 1861.[1] The name "Quartzburg" was bestowed by Thomas Thorn due to the quartz outcroppings at the place.[1]

As the placer gold ran out in the early 1860s the population left, many to settle in nearby Hornitos. When the county road was built remaining ruins were bulldozed.[2] One remaining trace of Quartzburg, is its cemetery, on the north side of Burns Creek, on the north side of the county road.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 783-784. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  2. ^ Douglas E. Kyle, Hero Eugene Rensch, Ethel Grace Rensch, Mildred Brooke Hoover, William, Historic Spots in California: Fifth Edition, Stanford University Press, 2002

Coordinates: 37°32′22″N 120°12′16″W / 37.53944°N 120.20444°W / 37.53944; -120.20444