This book is the chronological history of the gold rush and gold discoveries from 1848 through 1860, as viewed and reported by the newspapers and miners, on what was called the Southern Mines area of California's Mother Lode Gold Belt. It is the parallel volume to The History of the Gold Discoveries of the Northern Mines, published in 2000 by Trafford. The Southern Mines was that area south of the Cosumnes River, which also included the Mokelumne, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers, plus all their forks that ran into those rivers.
This books contains as many newspaper articles that could be found relating to the gold rush days. In using the newspaper articles from the golden era as printed, with their dates, the information reveals just when the "New Diggings" as they were called, were found; where they were being made; how rich some of the diggings were; what type of diggings they were; the names of some of the prospectors who found some of the diggings or what was found and why some of them received the names they did. The overall purpose of this book is to give a full picture of exactly what was happening to as many different diggings, locations, camps, and towns that came up in the Southern Mines area, and to give an account of events over at least a certain length of time, exactly as it was reported.