Forest Hill Divide Museum
Photo © Keith Sutter
The Forest Hill Divide Museum, nestled just above the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, interprets the rich historic and cultural legacy of the region. The Gold Rush brought 49ers to the area who roamed the rugged river canyons in search of gold. Mines opened up all over the divide and towns sprang up to supply them including Yankee Jim’s (1849); Todd’s Valley (1849); Deadwood (1852); Bath (1850); Iowa Hill (1853); Wisconsin Hill (1850); Elizabethtown (1850); Last Chance (1852); Bird’s Store (1849); and Forest Hill (1850).
The museum tells the story of the Gold Rush through preserved artifacts, photographs and maps. Other exhibits highlight the Nisenan Maidu, the timber industry, and life in a 19th century mining town.
The museum complex consists of the museum facility, a reconstructed Livery Stable and Blacksmith Shop (which is operated by trained blacksmiths), a fire truck exhibit, and the original Foresthill Jail, which was moved to the site. Over time, the town of Forest Hill became Foresthill, but the museum retains the area’s original name.
The Forest Hill Divide Museum is located at 24601 Harrison Street in Foresthill, California.
From eastbound I-80, take the Foresthill exit in Auburn and turn right onto Foresthill Road. Travel east for approximately 17 miles. Turn left onto Gold Street and right onto Harrison Street. The museum will be on your left.
From westbound I-80, take the Foresthill exit in Auburn, turn left onto Foresthill Road and then follow the directions above.
Seasons Open: Middle of May through the Middle of September (Saturday-Sunday)
Hours Open: 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Fees: FREE! Donations Welcome