Julian Celebrates 150 Years2020-03-02T16:04:27-08:00

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Founders Day Open House

Twenty some odd years after the great California gold rush of 1849, another gold rush occurred. Men flocked to this place just as they had done in 1849. There was a period of great excitement and like the rush of 1849, there were great expectations. Not all of those expectations were met. Unlike many gold rush towns, Julian City survived when the mines no longer were prosperous. It all began this way. On November 1st, 1869, five men from Georgia arrived at the place that would soon become Julian City. They had survived the great tragedy of the American [...]

Julian Gold

PRESENTED BY MR. JOHN GEIGER FOR THE JULIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY at the Centennial observance of the discovery of the WASHINGTON MINE ON FEBRUARY 22, 1970. JULIAN GOLD Julian has an alluring past--a story of Gold discovery that set off a stampede diminutive in comparison to that of 1849 in the "Mother Lode" country but still a rush for the precious metal. In late 1869 Fred Coleman who had lived for some time around the Northern California gold fields came to herd cattle in this area. He lived with an Indian family named Nejo at Spencer Valley now known as [...]

From: “Mines of Julian” by Helen Ellsberg

The first quartz strike of importance in the Julian district was the Washington. Several conflicting stories are told of its discovery. One tells that Billy Gorman, 14-year-old son of the Gorman family from Texas who lived near Julian, was sent to look for a runaway mule —picked up a rock to throw at the beast and found the rock shot full of gold. Another version of Billy's find is that he found the gold-bearing rock where a tree had been uprooted. Still a third story is that he was out gathering firewood, noticed the gold-flecked rock, and picked it [...]

From: “A Good Camp: Gold Mines of Julian and the Cuyamacas” by Leland Fetzer

The George Washington Mine. On page 6, Book A, of The Julian Mining Records appears this entry registering the George Washington claim on February 26, 1870: Notice is hereby given that the undersigned claim forty four hundred feet on this Lead Known as the George Washington Ledge. We run and claim Eight Hundred feet Easterly and Thirty six hundred feet Westerly with all its dips spurs and angles and one hundred feet on each Side of Said Ledge for Mining purposes and forewarn all persons from trespassing Hereon. Following this typical entry in the Julian Mining Records is a [...]

Fred Coleman and The Discovery of Gold

Fred Coleman was a former slave credited with discovering gold in Julian, California and thus launching a [gold rush] in that area. Coleman was one of several African Americans who made significant contributions to early "gold rush" Julian. Other pioneering African Americans from the area include Albert and Margaret Robinson, founders of the Robinson Hotel, and America Newton. Coleman, a Black rancher and experienced miner (he had previously worked in the gold fields of Northern California), living in the Julian area with his Kumeyaay wife Maria and their children plus a number of adopted children, discovered gold in the [...]

Julian At 150 A Year of Celebration On Tap

The year 2020 marks 150 years since the layout of the town of Julian. In honor of the anniversary the Chamber of Commerce, Julian Historical Society and Julian Pioneer Museum are planning events throughout the year to celebrate Julian, its founders and the accomplishments of many who contributed to the towns existence. The Chamber will also be coordinating with all the organizations and clubs in town to incorporate the 150 year celebration into their various events and activities. The kick off will be announced on February 22 in celebration of the founding of the Washington Mine (currently being reconditioned [...]

Historical Plaques in Julian Area

Self-Guided Historic Walking Tour

  • Julian Town Hall
  • F.A. DeLuca Store
  • A.P. Frary, Jr. Residence
  • Julian Jail
  • F. L. Blanc Warehouse
  • F. L. Blanc Rental
  • Dr. Hildreth Office/Residence
  • Hosking’s Rental Residences
  • F.A. DeLuca Residence
  • Hotel Robinson
  • Wilcox Building
  • Wheelbarrow Odometer Survey of 1894
  • Levi-Marks Store
  • Bailey-King House
  • Drue Bailey House
  • Pioneer Cemetery

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