Gold Discovery Days are near!

Dennis Black serves as resident blacksmith and one of many volunteers dressed in period attire at Plumas-Eureka State Park. All are invited to step back in time at the 2019 Gold Discovery Days on Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21. Photo by Lauren Westmoreland

Gold Discovery Days are nearly upon us, with the Plumas Eureka State Park Association (PESPA) in Johnsville welcoming all to enjoy the weekend of Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come celebrate the 60th anniversary of Plumas-Eureka State Park.

The family-friendly event features a wide array of historical activities, including gold panning, horse-drawn wagon rides, pine needle basketry, wool spinning, candle making and wood working.

There will be additional children’s games this year, with a watermelon eating contest, apple bobbing, and other 19th century children’s yard games and a kid’s archaeological dig.

For the history buff, there will be tours of the Assay office and the Moriarty House, blacksmith demonstrations and museum displays.


There will be a hike Saturday  at 10 a.m., with interested hikers meeting at the museum. The hike will take tours led by PESPA volunteers to the original gold discovery site.

Author Bruce MacGregor of Plumas Eureka on Glass will be in attendance, in conjunction with the descendants of William Johns, displaying seven different storyboards about the 1880-1900 mines and Johnsville history on both days of the event.

Rotary of Portola will be hosting the annual pancake breakfast at the park from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday. Tickets for the breakfast may be purchased in advance at the museum store at $10 per person for adults and $5 per child ages 10 and under.

The Graeagle Lions will be hosting a barbecue on both July 20 and 21. There will also be a prize drawing fundraiser and live music at the pancake breakfast by Clinch Mountain Musical Group.


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