At mile 55.7 of the Western States Endurance Run course you enter the quaint little town of Michigan Bluff, California. As many towns in the foothills of the Sierra, their rich history began after gold was discovered in 1848 at nearby Sutter’s Mill in Coloma. These towns boomed with activity as thousands of miners chased the riches that could be found in the rocks and rivers. Many towns, like Deadwood, which was just on the other side of El Dorado Creek, disappeared, while others, such as Michigan Bluff remained.
Here are ten questions about the town of Michigan Bluff. Answer each question in a comment (or many comments) to this post. The first person to answer a question correctly gets five points. Only your first answer is counted. Depending on the responses, I’ll give out one or two Conduct The Juices t-shirts. If you already have a shirt or hoodie please give others a chance to win one. Contest closes on May 19, noon PDT.
1. What was the original name of Michigan Bluff?
2. When and why was the town moved to it’s current location?
3. How many cemeteries are there in town?
4. In the early years you could buy pukes & physics. What are they?
5. What’s the name of the dirt road you run on as you enter the town in the WSER?
6. What’s the name of the dirt road you run on as you leave the pavement of town in the WSER?
7. What’s the approximate current full-time population of Michigan Bluff?
8. What was the population in the booming years of the mid 1850’s?
9. Aside from gold, what other mineral was mined at Michigan Bluff?
10. What founder of a major California University purportedly made his start here? And what years did he live there?
Bonus: Aside from minerals, what else was mined at Michigan Bluff?