“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Volcano in Amador County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)


Volcano Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, January 23, 2006
1. Volcano Marker
Inscription. Discovered in 1848 by Colonel Stevenson’s men who mined Soldiers’ Gulch in ’49. First covered wagon party sluiced rich gravel beds. By ’53, men swarmed flats and gulches naming them picturesquely. Hydraulic operations, begun in ’55, brought thousands of fortune seekers to form town of 17 hotels, library, theaters and courts of justice. During Civil War, Volcano gold served the Union. “Volcano Blues” smuggled cannon “Old Abe” in, by hearse, to quell rebels. Mellow with memories, this birthplace of General Liversedge, whose Marines raised our flag in Iwo Jima, honors its heroes with annual pageantry in Soldiers Gulch.
Erected 1948 by Amador County Historical Society.
Location. 38° 26.556′ N, 120° 37.882′ W. Marker is in Volcano, California, in Amador County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Consolation Street, on the left when traveling north on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Volcano CA 95689, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Soldier Gulch (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Volcano (here, next to this marker); Astronomical Observatory
Volcano Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, January 23, 2006
2. Volcano Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Carlo Andrea Dondero (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); General Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Moose Milk (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Old Bavarian Brewery (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Volcano.
Also see . . .
1. Ghost Towns - Volcano. (Submitted on September 11, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Harry Bluett Liversedge, Brigadier General, United States Marine Corps. Born in Volcano, California, on September 21, 1894... (Submitted on September 11, 2008.) 
Additional comments.
1. "Old Abe"
Old Abe is a rather rare Model 1835 6-pounder Bronze Field gun. Produced in 1837 by Cyrus Alger & Co., Boston, Mass. The gun weighed 737 pounds. It's registry number is "4". Of the 56 Model 1835 produced from 1836 to 1838, there are 17 cataloged survivors. The Model 1835 was further refined into the more widely produced Model 1841, which was used widely at
Volcano Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, January 23, 2006
3. Volcano Marker
To the right of the marker is the Volcano California Historical Landmark marker and the Volcano Gulch - E Clampus Vitus marker
the beginning of the Civil War.
    — Submitted September 11, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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Main Street Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, January 23, 2006
4. Main Street
Town Building Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, January 23, 2006
5. Town Building
"Old Abe" Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle
6. "Old Abe"
Sign on building that houses "Old Abe" reads:
Union Square: Named to commemorate an event during Civil War days when the Unionist "Volcano Blues" confronted the Confederate "Knights of the Golden Circle" on this spot. With the help of the cannon, "Old Abe" the "Blues" effected a decisive victory over the "Knights."
P.S. The story goes that the enthusiastic "Blues" had overcharged the weapon. It would have exploded had it actually been fired.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,702 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   6. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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