The Panorama of Downieville, Calif. was taken circa 1870 by an unidentified photographer. The mounted 2-plate albumen photograph
pictures an eastward view of the town settled in 1849 by a group of prospectors led by "Major" William Downie, a native of
Scotland, after whom the town is named. Originally called "The Forks," Downieville is located at the fork of the North Yuba
and Downie Rivers, the latter veering northward to the left in the photograph. A year after its settlement, as a result of
successful mining, the town had a population of several thousand. In 1851 the town gained notoriety following the lynch-mob
trial and hanging of Juanita, a Sonoran woman who stabbed to death an English miner after he broke into her home during Fourth
of July festivities. The town is the present seat of Sierra County.
1 panorama photograph (2 photographic prints), mounted, 27 x 80 cm.
2 digital objects
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