Alturas, California is a small (2.5 square miles) city near the Oregon border, Modoc National forest, and the Modoc National Wildlife Refuge.
Place Category: State Parks
There is still gold in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, at the California State Mining and Mineral Museum, in historic Mariposa.
This is where explorers John C. Fremont and Kit Carson found the rich Mariposa Vein and opened the first mill to crush ore and extract gold in California. Discover for yourself California’s mineral wealth, colorful history and geologic diversity as you view the official mineral collection of the state of California.
The collection, which began in 1880, contains over 13,000 objects including mining artifacts, rare specimens of crystalline gold in its many forms, as well as beautiful gem and mineral specimens from California and around the world. The collection was moved to Mariposa in 1983 after residing in San Francisco for over 100 years.