Shaw's Flat - Sonora, California
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member heringermr
N 38° 00.228 W 120° 24.091
10S E 728146 N 4209424
Quick Description: A historical marker placed for the historic Gold Rush town of Shaw's Flat along the Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 4/15/2014 7:16:44 AM
Waymark Code: WMKH7W
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
Views: 1

Long Description:
A man by the name of Mandeville Shaw planted an orchard here on the eastern slope of Table Mountain in November of 1849. Gold was discovered in the area at about the same time and by early 1850 a sizable camp had been established, which was christened Shaws Flat in honor of the popular merchant and fruit grower.

The plaque reads:

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. The Mississippi House, built in 1850, contains many relics including the original bar and post office with its grill and mailboxes. On a nearby hill stands the old bell, given by miners, which summoned men to work and announced the convening of various courts. According to tradition, a local bartender added to his income by panning the gold dust dropped on his muddy boots as he served customers.
Marker Number: 395.00

Marker Name: SHAW'S FLAT

County: Tuolumne

Has Official CA Plaque: no

Marker Dedication Date: 3/8/1948

SE corner of Shaw's Flat Rd and Mt Brow Rd, 2.6 mi SW of Columbia

Website: [Web Link]

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