JULIAN GOLD RUSH DAYS
April 1st & 2nd 2017
10am to 5pm
Julian Mining Company – 4444 CA-78,
Julian, CA 92036
Julian Gold Rush Days,, celebrates the discovery of gold in this mountain community and invites visitors to learn more about its history with a weekend of entertainment including gold panning, tomahawk throwing, candle dipping and more. Located at The Julian Mining Company in Wynola, the old fashioned mining camp will offer re-enactors,, an arts and crafts market, food and drink, a petting zoo, pony rides, and old fashioned laundry, free parking and plenty of family fun.
2017 Will also boast several raffle prizes from local merchants and restaurants. Many chances to win throughout the weekend. Bring in any receipt or receipts totally $25 from businesses in Julian for free entry into the raffles.
Admission is $3 for adults, kids 12 and under free. For more information, call 760-765-1857 or visit www.juliangoldrushdays.com.
Julian was founded following the Civil War, when displaced Confederate Veterans from Georgia headed West to seek their fortunes in a new, mostly unsettled land. Among these were cousins Drue Bailey and Mike Julian, who found a lush meadow between Volcan Mountain and the Cuyamacas to their liking. A cattleman Fred Coleman found the first flecks of gold in a creek in early 1870. It was San Diego County’s first and only gold rush.
The town was named Julian, in honor of Mike, who later was elected San Diego County Assessor. The town was never big, at the most boasting a population of about 600—more than reside within the historic district today. Rumor has it that Julian almost became San Diego’s county seat.
The gold rush was short-lived, nearly over within a decade. But the pioneers stayed and began farming the rich land. While many crops were planted and animals pastured, Julian proved to be a fine place to grow apples. Apples continue to be produced in Julian. Their sweet, fresh flavor lures thousands to the mountains each fall, when visitors will find fruit stands overflowing with crisp fruit, homemade cider and other delicacies.
Many of the early pioneers are buried in the Julian Haven of Rest cemetery, located on the hill just North of town. The cemetery is open to the public.
The Eagle-High Peak Mine and Museum, one of the more prosperous mines during the gold rush, is open daily for tours. The tours give you the experience of what is was like in the early days of gold mining.
Julian Doves & Desperados
Historic comedy skits on Sunday at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm located in the stage area between Julian Fitness Center & the Julian Market & Deli. For information call (760) 765-1857.
Eagle and High Peak Mine and Museum
Offers daily tours of the mines from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Adults are $10.00 and children are $5.00. Gold panning and museum are included in the price. 2320 C Street in Julian. For more information call (760) 765-0036.