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Italian Gardens, Mokelumne Hill
by Julia Costello 1998

Three “Italian Gardens” operated in Mokelumne Hill, founded by Italians from Northern Italy. In a pattern of emigration typical of the Southern Mother Lode, men first settled and established commercial gardens, soon sending back for wives and brides. Through chain-migration, relatives and friends from home villages followed these pioneers and used their established business as a springboard to their own financial success, working for the owners and saving money for their own investment.