Jamestown California



Jamestown California

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Related Town: Jamestown, California

Year: 2006

Copyright: 4 Original photography - WesternMiningHistory.com

Description: Sign reads:

Jamestown - Gateway to the Southern Mines

Founded in 1848, one mile from the first gold find in Tuolumne County, at Woods Crossing.

Arriving in 1849, Col. George F. James, a merchant popular for supplying free champagne to patrons, was elected Alcalde, and the town was dubbed "Jamestown".

Poor mining investments indebted him and he quietly left town. Angry miners changed the name of the town to "American Camp". Eventually, "Jamestown" was restored.

Jamestown's population was approximately 4,000, before the devastating fire of October, 1885.

Did You Know.......

A mine is a hole in the ground, owned by a liar.
-Mark Twain


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