September 8th, 2018 will mark the 133rd anniversary of the Battle of Malakoff and the taking of the Malakoff Tower. This major victory fought by French-British forces against Russia, ended the Siege of Sebastopol during the Crimean War. Celebration of this triumph was widespread around Europe, the news even making its way to Northern California, where a party of French miners had just made a jubilant coup of their own. They discovered what would become the largest and most renowned hydraulic mining operation of the 19th century, and reverently named it Malakoff.
In celebration of this historical and cultural connection, the Friends of North Bloomfield and Malakoff Diggins will host the second annual French Connection at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. Please check the Friends of North Bloomfield and Malakoff Diggins website for more details. Vive la Malakoff!