Formerly First Garrote, a name traced to the hanging of a Mexican for stealing horse. Adobe buildings still stand and were built in 1849, as shown by dated adobe brick. Gold was discovered in 1849. Thousands of dollars in placer gold was taken from mines on Garrote Creek, Big Creek and other diggings. Deer Flat, Noisy Flat and Rancheria were well-known nearby places in its heyday. Located on Highway 120.