A Troedyrhiw native far from home

Troedyrhiw Headstone

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:-

http://alpharoaming.com/2013/12/11/black-diamond-mines-norcals-coal-mining-history/

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About davidjcollier

Originally from South Wales I have lived in Nottinghamshire for over forty years. I am married and have three grown up children and two grandchildren. Having worked in education for 43 years I will retire in July 2012. My interests include history (general, local and family), rugby union, swimming, photography, bird watching and gardening. For the benefit of anyone who may actually read this (extremely unlikely, I admit) please do not confuse 'interests' with knowledge or skill. My involvement in a community project which aims to rescue a graveyard from the effects of almost 30 years of neglect. also keeps me quite busy. View all posts by davidjcollier

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