Jamestown, California


Jamestown Details

Status: Active Town

Date Settled: 1848

Current Population: 2,178

Peak Population: 4,000

Elevation: 1,477 Feet (450 meters)

Primary Mineral: Gold

State: California

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Jamestown Description

From a sign in town:

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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