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At mile 31.3 on the Plumas National Forest Backcountry Discovery Trail lies the historic Swiss Mine and its accompanying miner's cabin. The Swiss Mine was owned by the Piazzoni family, Swiss immigrants who took up mining on Owl Creek. The family married into a local Maidu Indian family and maintained the mine and cabin for more than 100 years.


The Swiss Cabin serves as an interpretive site for intrepid and curious travelers in the Sierra Nevada Goldfield of northern California. As word of the land's wealth began to spread in 1848, more than 300,000 people from the States and abroad moved to California hoping to strike it rich. The sudden mass immigration had significant effect on the region's indigenous societies, whose communities experienced displacement and attacks by gold-seekers. Meanwhile, San Francisco grew from a town of 200 to a city of 36,000 from 1846-1952. Ships, carrying goods to the new population, often lost crewmen who deserted to the goldfields. Later, the ships themselves were repurposed as warehouses, stores, and even a jail.

In Summer 2018 HistoriCorps will be working to restore the Swiss Cabins, visit www.historicorps.org to find out how you can support this project. 
Backcountry Discovery Trail Plumas National Forest. USDA.gov. Accessed February 10, 2018. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5428383.pdf.

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