Golden Drift Museum 32820 Main Street, Dutch Flat

The Golden Drift Museum building was constructed as a residence, c. 1870. Its first owner was Christian Saul, a resident of Nevada, who sold the property and house to George S. Maker in 1872.

George S. Maker was the owner and proprietor of a general merchandise store on Main Street in Dutch Flat, now the Dutch Flat Trading Post. He owned the property until 1901 when he sold it to I.T. Coffin. The house would be sold a few more times until it was deeded to the Ladies’ Aid Society of Dutch Flat in 1971.

Ladies’ Aid Societies in the United States date back to the Civil War, when they were organized to collect and send supplies to soldiers. According to the Colfax Record, the first Dutch Flat Ladies’ Aid Society meeting was held in 1955.

Colfax Record September 16, 1955

In 1986, the Ladies Aid Society donated the building to the Golden Drift Historical Society in order to open a museum. The museum was an effort of years of planning by the Historical Society to tell the history of Dutch Flat, Alta, Gold Run, and the surrounding areas.

Auburn Journal Oct 24, 1986

In 1988, the museum officially became part of the Placer County Museum system and is operated in collaboration with the Golden Drift Historical Society.