Vallecito

This Gold Rush-era community is a rural neighborhood that includes the 1850s Dinkerspiel Store. The Murphy Brothers discovered gold here in 1848 and then went on to richer diggings in the nearby town that bears their name. Mexican miners came to the abandoned camp, which they re-named Vallecito, meaning small valley in … [Read more...]

San Andreas

San Andreas was settled by Mexican Gold Miners in 1848. By 1850 over 1000 tents dotted the hillsides. The first church, built in 1852 was a canvas structure with a simple cross over the door designating it a church of the Roman Catholic faith. It was named for St. Andrew San Andreas and the name of the town was taken from this … [Read more...]

Murphys

The picturesque village of Murphys is known today for its many natural attractions including caverns for public viewing, a charming Main Street with friendly merchants and unique shops, spectacular wineries, art galleries, gold panning, and world class golf. Daniel and John Murphy settled in the area in 1848. From a small tent, … [Read more...]

Mokelumne Hill

Founded in 1848, Moke Hill, as the locals call it, was among the richest of the digs. Claims in some areas were confined to sixteen square feet and many fortunes were made. It was the county seat in the early days and, although it held no exclusive rights, it was known as one of the most violent, bawdy towns in the Mother Lode. … [Read more...]

Dinkelspiel Store

Built in the 1850s, this 3000 square foot building in the tiny community of Vallecito is a great example of Gold Rush architecture. Still a fully-functional building with concrete slab floors, wood ceilings, wood masonry walls, and, of course, iron shutter doors. Historic Mother Lode store building, the 3016 square foot, … [Read more...]

Copperopolis

The history of Copperopolis is closely tied to the Civil War. The 19 million pounds of copper mined in the 1860’s made Calaveras County second in national production of this ore. Mining, workshop sites, and other historical artifacts from this era remain alongside buildings that have been restored by the perseverance and … [Read more...]

Arnold

Nature is at its very finest in this area. The town is surrounded by the Stanislaus National Forest with its awe-inspiring scenery. Year round outdoor activities such as hiking, bicycling, off road adventures, challenging golf, great fishing on spectacular lakes, and world class winter recreation have become its life blood. The … [Read more...]

Angels Camp

In 1864, Mark Twain wrote his first successful short story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Angels Camp became linked with frogs apparently for all time. Today this Gold Rush town’s population is about 3,000. Its main industry is tourism which boasts such attractions as caverns for public viewing, challenging … [Read more...]