About This Place
Coarsegold (formerly, Coarse Gold, Gold Gulch, Michaels, Oro Grosso, Texas Flat, and Coarse Gold Gulch) is a census-designated place in Madera County, California. It is located 8 miles (13 km) south-southwest of Yosemite Forks, at an elevation of 2218 feet (676 m). The population was 1,840 at the 2010 census.
The place was first called Texas Flat after miners from Texas discovered gold there in 1849. By 1874, the name had changed to Michaels, honoring Charles Michaels, a local merchant. A rival mining camp inhabited by Mexicans there was called Oro Grosso.
The current name derives from the California Gold Rush of the mid-19th century, when prospectors discovered coarse lumps of gold in a nearby creek. At one time, several dozen gold mines operated in the area.