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Placerville’s Gold Bug Park and Mine experienced a minor gold rush over the long Presidents’ Day weekend. Hundreds upon hundreds of visitors from all over Northern California came to our community’s unique and historic park to get a special peek at the seldom-seen Priest Mine. They also visited the Gold Bug Mine, stamp mill, museum and blacksmith shop.
The record crush of visitors is proof positive that the California Gold Rush is alive and well here in the Mother Lode. People from every corner of the world come to Placerville because they are still fascinated with the history, fabled stories and difficult lives of the miners who were seeking their fortunes more than 160 years ago.
The citizens of Placerville have a remarkable and beautiful jewel in their Gold Bug Park. It brings to life the Gold Rush era in a way that educates and entertains thousands of students and visitors every year.
None of this would be possible without the dedicated and generous help of the park’s volunteers. Ask any one of them why they volunteer at “The Bug” and their response would be unanimous: It’s fun, it’s stimulating and it’s immensely rewarding. And that gets me to my point about Gold Bug Park — it needs more volunteers.
With more volunteers the park can touch the lives of more people — locals, tourists and students. If you like to meet people; if you like history; if you like to tell stories and share your knowledge; if you like being active and enjoy working for your community, please consider becoming a Gold Bug Park volunteer. Rich rewards await you. To get started simply contact the park director, Frank Jacobi, at 530-642-5207.
Gold Bug Park Volunteer