August 18, 2014 7:31 AM

Explore California's gold mining history in Tuolumne County

This summer, as Yosemite National Park turned 150, my family and I decided to visit the Gold Rush towns around the famous park, inspired by my 10-year-old daughter’s school studies. As a nice coincidence, I had just read Mark Twain’s “Roughing It,” describing his trip west, which began in 1861.

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