Julian Gold Rush Days

Enjoy the History Throughout Julian

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

In town every Sunday the famed Julian Doves & Desperados, weather permitting, will perform a skit at 2pm in front of the Historic Julian Jail.   Fun for all ages. Meet the characters, Captain Cooper, Sadie Cashman, Doc Hopkins, Snake, Abigail Scott and Gypsy Davenporte. Sponsored by the Julian Chamber of Commerce. For Information: (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.

HISTORY

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.

Two Days of Fun!

$3 admission adults 16 and over

Free activities:

  • Civil war re-enactment
  • Gold panning & old time laundry
  • Toddler friendly “cornstruction”
  • Square dance lessons and
  • Old-fashioned shows scheduled throughout the day

Ticket pricing for buy-ahead “passports” a package of activities that have a fee
$15 per person for:

  • 3 shots of archery
  • 3 tomahawk throws
  • Hayride tour around the farm
  • Candle dipping
  • Gem mining at the Long Tom sluice box.

Price per activity the day of:

  • $3 per 3 shots archery
  • $3 per 3 tomahawk throws
  • $5 candle dipping
  • $5-$10 gem ore scoops for sluice box
  • $5 hayride

($21-$26 for all activities without the buy-ahead bundle price)

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