Alleghany

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 www.undergroundgold.com.  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 www.origsix.com or via email at mmiller@origsix.com

Time Period Represented

1850s to present

Hours Open

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

Comments

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

Hey Laurie, I was in Alleghany in 1948. Drove over in an old Model A Ford from Fiddle Creek Campground on the N Fork of the Yuba River. It was a tough dirt road then and I imagine it’s not too different now. Don't remember too much about downtown Alleghany (after all that was 69 years ago) but do remember killing my first rattlesnake of the summer when it almost bit a friend as we got out of the car to enjoy the view from the top of the pass between Goodyear's Bar and Alleghany.

Tom, 11/03/17, 11/3/2017

I lived in alleghany for three years, age 7 to 10. I went to school first thru 3rd. Most of the grade school kids were all in one room. The teacher i remember was Mrs. String. Also i recall the ice cream/candy store ran out of Mrs Swan's home across from Cases saloon. Mike Spofie ran the only store in town which also housed the post office. Fished and played in Kanaka creek many times.

Marvin Eddy Jr, 1/7/2018

I lived there as a young boy from 1960 to 1963 and am the only person my age that I have ever met that did not go to kindergarten, because the school there had four class rooms, which I think covered grades 1 to 8, no kindergarten and high school clear in Downeyville. We lived in the house overlooking the general store which had a set of French doors on the second story that opened out to air with no porch. I was told it was built that way to have a way out when the snow was really deep but can’t be sure if that is really the reason. While we lived there, nobody owned the house so we stayed rent free. It was not much of a place and my dad added a wash shed to the back and a woodshed on the side which were still there when I last saw the place a few years ago. He worked for the county road crew and did not make much so the free rent was a big help. I remember times when the store owner brought supplies in from Grass Valley, and sometimes we would play hot potato with the dry ice that he used to keep the frozen stuff frozen during the drive. My first memory of a fig newton was when a telephone man had been doing some work on the wires, on the pole in front of the store. When he stopped for lunch, he was kind enough to chat with us about his fascinating work. He shared fig newtons from his lunch with us as well. I was able to ride with my dad occasionally while he worked which would not have happened in a bigger town. One memory was riding in the snow blower and being able to use the lever in the cab to change the direction of the shoot from the right to the left. It was a fun place to spend those years and I have fond memories of that time.

Dan, 1/15/2018

When I was a kid in the 70's, my grandfather owned a cabin near Allegheny. All I can remember is that it was about a 30 minute drive on a dirt road once we got to town. There were abandoned mines and a creek along the way. I do remember a bridge that we fished off of and a water wheel. He sold it in later years and then a tree fell on the cabin and destroyed it. I would love to know if anything is left and where this was. My grandfathers last name was Kincaid.

Lisa Needham, 8/20/2018

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