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Near Chinese Camp in Tuolumne County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Montezuma

 
 
Montezuma Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 23, 2006
1. Montezuma Marker
Inscription. First record of Montezuma was June 1850 when partners Solomon Miller and Peter K. Aurand, proprietors of the 'Montezuma Tent,' were attacked and Aurand killed by a group of Mexicans during the foreign miners tax excitement of that period. Due to the lack of water, little mining occurred here until 1852 when a ditch and flume were completed bringing water for placer mining. Two types of mining were carried on, placer operations on the flats and tunnels extending under Table Mountain. The gravel produced 3-1/2 C. per pan in the mid 50s. The yield was from $5 to $10 per day. One placer nugget found in 1853 weighed 18 lbs. 8 oz. By late 1852 the population was about 800. At its zenith Montezuma City had four saloons, two hotels, Adams Express Co., post office, church, some homes, and many tents and cabins. The town was nearly destroyed by an incendiary fire which started in Clarks Hotel on June 29, 1866.
 
Erected 1986 by Matuca Chapter No. 1849, E. Clampus Vitus, April 12, 1986.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 54.553′ N, 120° 27.139′ W. Marker is near Chinese Camp, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker is on State Highway 49, on the right
Montezuma Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 23, 2006
2. Montezuma Marker
when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chinese Camp CA 95309, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Woods Crossing (approx. 2.4 miles away); Chinese Camp (approx. 2.9 miles away); To Honor Eddie Webb (approx. 2.9 miles away); St. James Church (approx. 3.3 miles away); Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Emporium – 1897 (approx. 3.4 miles away); National Hotel (approx. 3.4 miles away); Ramirez – Preston Building (approx. 3.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chinese Camp.
 
Also see . . .  Peter K. Aurand. Descendent's article posted on Find-A-Grave.com. (Submitted on September 2, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. Gold Rush
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 987 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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