The remote community of Alleghany represents the era when the mining of gold was a significant industry within the region. The community was founded in 1851 by a group of miners from Allegheny County, Pennsylvania who memorialized their roots with a slight change in spelling.  Still home to the rich and century old Sixteen to One Mine, the town today boasts a population of about 60.  Situated on a ridge above the Middle Yuba River and its tributary of Kanaka Creek, the community is surrounded by the Tahoe National Forest. 

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Latitude: 39.4725104 Longitude: -120.8431935 Elevation: 4445 ft
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About this Establishment

While many residential buildings remain, fire has not been kind to the community’s business district.  The only remaining commercial establishment is Casey’s Place, a local watering hole.  Alleghany is the last stop for many miles of driving the historic Henness Pass Road to Jackson Meadows Reservoir or Foote’s Crossing Road to Malakoff Diggins.  It is also on the German Bar Road for the 4WD or dirt bike enthusiast.

Many buildings in town date to the 1800s and are a photographer’s delight.  The Underground Gold Miners Museum is housed in the old Alleghany Supply Company building at 356 Main Street.  While it has no regular hours, tours are booked by appointment and the museum can be contacted via their website at  The museum contains a wonderful display of artifacts and photographs of the history of both the community and its mining industry.

The venerable Sixteen to One Mine, incorporated in 1911, remains an Alleghany institution and is one of the few working underground mines in the region.  Tours of the mine are available.  For more information, contact the Sixteen to One Mine at or via email at

Time Period Represented

1850s to present

Hours Open

Accessible year round; chains can be required in the winter as Alleghany routinely sees snow.


Wow! I was 17 yrs old when I was in Alleghany, CA . And I have never forgotten it. I remember a large cabin, a big beautiful all oak cabin. I was told it was where the miners stayed. The whole place was crafted in oak slats . Floors, walls, the stairs. Upstairs were several rooms and at the end of the hall was a bathroom that everyone had to share. Big bathtub! I worked with a local girl named Janet or Janis, together we were temporary road crew for Sierra County. We were the flag girls. Maybe because of us you no longer see the sign "flag men ahead". I remember a boy named Jimmy. Another couple I met had a big, big dog named Kluso. Most incredible dog. There was the general store and above it a 5 room motel and a bar downstairs with a little restaurant. I remember opening day of deer season there was a spaghetti feed and a street dance. I also got to meet Pappy and Marvin. I have never forgotten the little gold mine town called Alleghany. I’m 53 years old now and seeing Alleghany again is definitely on my bucket list. If there is anybody there now that was there then, hello! I will always remember the good folks and how they were proud of their town. I live in Kernville (another little gold mine town aka whiskey flats . Warmest thoughts to all! :)

Laurie Gilbert , 4/4/2015

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