Status: Active Town
Date Settled: 1848
Current Population: 2,178
Peak Population: 4,000
Elevation: 1,477 Feet ( 450 meters)
Primary Mineral: Gold
Gallery: View 11 Jamestown, California Photos
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.