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Folsom Homes. Fair Oaks Homes. East Sacramento Homes. Roseville Homes. Newcastle Homes. El Dorado Hills Homes. Citrus Heights Homes. When the mining town was effectively abandoned, the school was closed and moved from the canyon up onto the ridge. Water to serve the town and the mines was brought from the South Fork of the Cosumnes River by way of the Indian Creek and Cedarville ditches, built in Three years later two new ditches were added, bringing more water from the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes River.
The town, including every store, hotel and saloon, was totally destroyed by fire on August 27, After being rebuilt, fire again swept through the town only three years later, leaving much of it in ashes. Caught at Nevada City, the man gave up the money, but kept the wife. After firing several audience alarming shots at the husband, he escaped. Fortunately, the husband recovered, although crippled for life. Who the wife went with is not reported. Before he could return and do any real damage, some friends intervened and settled the argument.
In , a dispute over water rights occurred between some miners living on Cedar Creek and a Dr. White, who had dammed the creek. When they tried to destroy Dr. With the aid of friends he succeeded in avoiding arrest and the next spring left California to return to his home State of Tennessee where he lost his life in the Civil War. The day of the murder, the Coroner, Dr.
Welch led the way across and was washed down the rapids and never seen again. Eckelroth escaped. Its post office, the daily stages, the stores an most of its eight hundred voters were gone. All of the gold mines had closed and the mining industry had been reduced to just the Aitken and Luce marble sawing mill that was started in and was still producing some of the finest marble for monument, building and ornamental purposes in the country.
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Today Indian Diggings remains as a small, rural El Dorado County community with a huge and exciting history. Submitted by Sandy Denney. Returning to Placerville we find that in George C. A town of no little consequence in the early '50's, and the home of many Indians who were mining here for some time before the whites made their appearance in , at which time the native miners were discovered, hence the name of the place that soon grew to prominence in the county.
The town is about twenty-five miles southeast of Placerville, near the southern boundary of the county. Indian creek passes within the town limits and was unusually rich. By the camp had reached the height of its prosperity, with a population of more than fifteen hundred, that supported nearly a dozen stores, several hotels, and saloons, drug store, fraternal orders, in fact, a camp with every convenience that a thriving town could afford in the early days. Some idea of the travel into this old camp may be formed by the number of stages running between the town and Sacramento, there being two daily and one tri-weekly, besides the one to Placerville.
Indian Diggings was a place noted for something more than its gold, it being the home of the marble beds used for building and ornamental purposes, which are waiting for capital to further develop. The town was several times visited by fire and totally destroyed August 27th, , and practically destroyed in the year One of the first hotels was run by J.
Gilmore, who was also Postmaster. Grubbs, T. Heisquell, P. Gibson, G. McDonald, H.
Sloss, L. Bell, J. Head, B. Sweetmond, J. Busch, A. Riker, J. Lock, J.
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Cantin, R. Lowry, later of Placerville. Indian Diggings was not behind her sister camps politically, for she sent to the Legislature, as representatives of El Dorado county, the following: George McDonald, Tyler D. Heiskell, H. Sloss, John C. Bell, John Eraser, A. The old town has followed many of the others, and now—well, she has assisted the writer in bringing to a close her historical career. Sioli, pages Indian Diggings was first discovered by a company of white men from Fiddletown Oneida , who were on a prospecting trip, in the fall of They found several Indians there at work panning out gold in the bed of the creek, which was suggestive of the name adopted.