People from Troedyrhiw have been travelling far afield for a very long time. As the photograph shows some of them ended up in the Mount Diablo Coalfield in California. The coal mines are long gone and what remains includes a small cemetery where a few dozen headstones (including this one dated 1876) survive. As in the California Gold Rush a few years earlier many immigrants came to California looking for a better life. The Welsh, as well as the natives of Cornwall, were well known for their underground mining skills. Find out more here:-
November 24, 2015
A Troedyrhiw native far from home
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