Iowa Hill Gold Rush Town History

It was May 1902 when Lyman Gilmore Jr. flew his first airplane at Big Meadows California, nineteen months before the Wright Brothers flight at Kitty Hawk. The man who made that incredible flight easily rates the title of America’s most neglected genius. Lyman also owned the Gilmore gold mine in Iowa Hill.

On February 4th, 1951 Layman had a heart attack, While in the hospital attendants cut off his long beard and hair. He was also very much upset when he discovered that they had burned the old long coat he always wore. Understandably so. There was $15,000 sewed in the lining.

Learn more about the rich history of Iowa Hill at this website.