Brown’s Gulch of San Gabriel Canyon used to be called Dead Man’s Gulch, until it was renamed in the 1880s, after a prospector named Brown discovered a silver ledge. He believed it was an extension of the nearby old Victoria mine vein.

Brown is a Dead Man

Then, Brown came into town to celebrate his discovery, overindulging at all the Azusa saloons and returning piss drunk to his home in the canyon later that night. The next morning, a few of his neighbors found him dead, apparently from alcohol overdose. Brown took the location of his silver discovery to the grave.  

So wouldn’t Dead Man’s Gulch still be an appropriate name? 🙂


Browns Gulch articleAzusa Herald and Pomotropic, October 20, 1937



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