Mountain Ranch (El Dorado)


Chee Chee Flat

Chee Chee Flat was a flat that was mined in the early days, reputedly by Mexicans since before the discovery of gold on the American River in January of 1848, and certainly mined for several years thereafter. A small community, named Chee Chee Flat, grew up around the diggings, but lasted for only a few years before the easily recovered gold played out. There were other later attempts to recover the rich stream gravels, primarily by hydraulic mining, and even into the 1930s by snipers and local farmers and ranchers.