In 1851, after being crowded out of Nevada City, three miners headed upstream, ending up at a creek near here. In need of supplies, one of the miners was later sent back to Nevada City for supplies, paying for it with several gold nuggets. Though locals pressed the miner for the location of their jackpot, the miner refused. Several locals secretly followed him back anyways.
Reaching this spot, the newcomers began digging but found nothing but dirt. Disgusted by the endeavor, they named the creek "Humbug" and went home.
North Bloomfield, Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, Nevada City, California