Jamestown - Jamestown, California
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member heringermr
N 37° 57.107 W 120° 25.430
10S E 726346 N 4203596
Quick Description: A historical marker placed for the historic Gold Rush town of Jamestown along the Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail. Jamestown is home of the Railtown 1897 California State Historic Park.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 4/4/2014 6:04:23 AM
Waymark Code: WMKF1J
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
Views: 5

Long Description:
Jamestown went through many boom and bust periods. It became more prominent at the turn of the twentieth century as a result of nearby underground quartz gold mines and the Sierra Railway, which transported quartz ore (with its embedded gold) to the plants in the Bay Area that extracted gold from it. The railway also shipped out lumber from the high country.

The plaque reads:

Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail
Jamestown (also called Jimtown)

Known as gateway of Mother Lode and to southern mines. Gold first discovered in Tuolumne County west of this point on Woods Creek by James Woods shortly before town was founded by Col. George James, August 8, 1848. Large quantities of gold recovered from stream beds and gulches during "Gold Rush." Surrounded by famous mines from which millions were extracted in later years. First mercantile business in southern mines said to have been in Butterfield Building, built in 1850, still standing (1948).

Tablet placed by California Centennials Commission
Base provided by the Jamestown Promotion Club, August 8, 1848.
Marker Number: 431.00

Marker Name: JAMESTOWN

County: Tuolumne

Has Official CA Plaque: no

Marker Dedication Date: 3/16/1949

NE corner of Main and Donovan Sts, Jamestown

Website: [Web Link]

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