Newcastle in Placer County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Town of Ophir
(Original marker, which was stolen in 2012. See Photo #1)
Founded in 1849 as 'The Spanish Corral,' Area proved so rich that Biblical name of Ophir adopted in 1850. Most populous town in Placer County in 1852, polling 500 votes. Almost totally destroyed by fire in July 1853. Later became the center of quartz mining in this county.
Second - Temporary Marker - Placed by the residents of Ophir. See Photo #2
Once the areas most thriving gold town, Ophir boasted 40 saloons, 12 dance halls, 1 jail, 5 churches and 2 women of ill repute. Sadly after 3 accidental fires the town was reduced to ashes. Ophir gave up rebuilding and joined with the town of Newcastle. Ophir now consists of 1 fire station, one school, 2 businesses and 1 grave yard. The towns current population is estimated at 700 people, 600 sheep, 500 cows, 200 chickens, 5 donkeys and 4 peacocks. The 700 Ophir residents earned the reputation for being the wildest, toughest, rough riding rebels this side of the Rio Grande * At this very site at 2PM on the 3rd of April in the year of our Lord 1612... nothing of any importance happened here.
P. S.: Copper thieves this plaque is worth 29 cents!
Replacement Marker - Dedicated April 14, 2012. See Photo #3.
Founded in 1849 as 'The Spanish Corral,' Area proved so rich that Biblical name of Ophir adopted in 1850. Most populous town in Placer County in
Erected 1950 by The California Centennial Commission and E Clampus Vitus. Based furnished by Placer County Historical Society. Dedicated September 23, 1950. (Marker Number 463.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 38° 53.477′ N, 121° 7.474′ W. Marker is in Newcastle, California, in Placer County. Marker is at the intersection of Lozanos Road and Bald Hill Road, on the right when traveling north on Lozanos Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newcastle CA 95658, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Newcastle (approx. 1.2 miles away); Newcastle Portuguese Hall (approx. 1.5 miles away); Bloomers Cut (approx. 2.4 miles away); Jean Baptiste Charbonneau (approx. 2.4 miles away); Claude Chana (approx. 2.5 miles away); City of Auburn (approx. 2.5 miles away); Historical Auburn Fire House (approx. 2.5 miles away); The Auburn Joss House (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newcastle.
More about this marker. This site has been designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.463.
Also see . . .
1. Beach California: Ophir, California. (Submitted on September 29, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Man Arrested In Placer Co. Plaque Theft. KCRA.com's piece (2/7/2012) on the arrest of a man suspected of stealing this marker, "...The Ophir state marker, parts of which were made of solid brass, was recovered. The marker was cut into various pieces and had its solid brass removed, deputies said. The marker was located at Lozanos and Bald Hill roads and valued at $951, deputies with the Placer County Sheriff’s Department said." (Submitted on February 9, 2012.)
3. Ophir’s landmark plaque back in place after theft. (Submitted on April 30, 2014, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.)
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