Coarsegold, CA is a small town, 45 minutes north of Fresno, on the lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada. The name was derived from nearby Coarse Gold Creek, along which gold rush prospectors found some big ol' hunks of the glittery stuff.
Coarsegold is rarely mentioned as part of the mother lode—but it is, in fact, the southernmost populated settlement in California's famed mother lode territory. The town was once a stage stop for Yosemite-bound travelers. The Golden Chain Highway (State Route 49) through California's quirky old gold rush towns and wild foothill topography begins about seven miles north, in the town of Oakhurst.