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Tuolumne County, California Points of Interest

Map of California State Historical Marker Locations in Tuolumne

Tuolumne County Historical Markers

Tuolumne County Churches
St. James Episcopal Church
The seventh parish of the Protestant Episcopal Church in California, St. James is the oldest Episcopal Church building in the state. The first service... [click for more]

Tuolumne County - General Interest
Big Oak Flat
First called Savage Diggins after the man who discovered gold here in 1848, the town was renamed Big Oak Flat about 1850 after the giant oak tree that... [click for more]

Gold was discovered here in 1853 by the Scott brothers, descendants of Cherokee Indians. Scars of placer 'diggins' in every little arroyo in Cherokee ... [click for more]

Chinese Camp
Reportedly founded about 1849 by a group of Englishmen who employed Chinese as miners, Chinese Camp was headquarters for stagelines in early 1850s and... [click for more]

Columbia, the 'Gem of the Southern Mines,' became a town of 4,000 to 5,000 in the 1850s, following the discovery of gold here by the Hildreth party Ma... [click for more]

Formerly called 'First Garrote' because of the hanging of a Mexican for stealing a horse, Groveland was built in 1849 as shown by dated adobe brick ta... [click for more]

Near this site stood the historic town of Jacksonville, now inundated by the waters of Don Pedro Reservoir. The town was settled by Julian Smart, who ... [click for more]

James Woods first discovered gold in Tuolumne County west of this point, on Woods Creek, shortly before the town was founded by Colonel George James o... [click for more]

Mark Twain Cabin
This is a replica of Mark Twain's cabin, with original chimney and fireplace. Here on Jackass Hill, young Mark Twain, while guest of the Gillis Brothe... [click for more]

First record of Montezuma was June 1850 when partners Solomon Miller and Peter K. Aurand, proprietors of the 'Montezuma Tent,' were attacked and Auran... [click for more]

Parrott’s Ferry
This is the site of the ferry crossing established in 1860 by Thomas H. Parrott that connected the mining towns of Tuttletown and Vallecito. The ferry... [click for more]

Sawmill Flat
Its name derived from two sawmills erected here to supply mining timbers in the early 1850s, Sawmill Flat was rich in pocket gold in its heyday, popul... [click for more]

Second Garrote
A sizable settlement was established at this rich placer location in 1849 by miners spreading east from Big Oak Flat and Groveland. The famous hangman... [click for more]

Shaw’s Flat
In 1850 this community was alive with gold miners. James D. Fair, after whom the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco is named, was one of the most notable... [click for more]

Sonora-Mono Road
Jedediah Smith is reputed to have been the first white man to cross over or near Sonora Pass in 1827. A portion of the road was built by Tuolumne Coun... [click for more]

Site of the famous Soulsby Mine (discovered by Benjamin Soulsby), Soulsbyville is the first community in Tuolumne County to be founded (1855) entirely... [click for more]

Springfield received its name from the abundant springs gushing from limestone boulders. The town with its stores, shops, and hotel built around a pla... [click for more]

Summersville (Tuolumne)
The area's first non-Indian settlers, the Franklin Summers family, arrived in 1854 and built a log cabin a half mile west of this spot, the geographic... [click for more]

This early-day stopping place for men and mounts was named for Judge Anson A. H. Tuttle, who built the first log cabin here in 1848. Stones used in th... [click for more]

Wells Fargo Express Company Building
This building, erected in 1849 by the Walkerly brothers, was subsequently owned by the Morris brothers. It housed a general merchandise store in conne... [click for more]

This page last updated: 11/11/2009