This small community, located in California's Gold Country, has a rich history steeped in legend and awe from the days of gold. On the morning of January 24, 1848, a carpenter stumbled upon a gold nugget on the south fork of the American River
. Within 3 years of the find, the population of the state grew from about 15,000 to more than 265,000 people. Belden, nearby Chico
, and other surrounding communities are all products of camps set up during the Gold Rush Era.
The Gold Rush boom lasted less than ten years and the surrounding communities took advantage of the supple farming land. This area is now one of the most productive agricultural areas in the United States.
Visitors to the Belden area are close to many attractions that are Gold Rush related. Day trips to outdoor attractions are also available.
This small community is located east of Chico on Highway 70.