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You Bet, Ca.

Gold Rush

The mining town of You Bet was established during the California Gold Rush, principally by miners from across Birdseye Canyon in the nearby town of Waloupa. Waloupa had been founded just to the south in 1852. As its diggings played out, miners began moving about a half a mile to the north, to the other side of Birdseye Canyon. Lazarus Beard opened a saloon there in 1857. According to local lore, the Waloupa miners gathered one day in Beard’s saloon to name the new town. His favorite phrase was “you bet”. Whenever Beard was asked about a proposed name, he would reply “you bet.” After much drinking, the miners decided that You Bet sounded just right. -Wikipedia


Chard remains from the Lowell fire July, 2015

100 years later, the You Bet strip mine has almost completely recovered

Greenhorn Creek

Red Dog Cemetery

photos by Gold Country Photography


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