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Angels Camp in Calaveras County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Angels Camp

Home of the Jumping Frog

 

—Romance - Gold - History —

 
Angels Camp Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, September 5, 2006
1. Angels Camp Marker
Inscription. Founded in 1849 by George Angel, who established a mining camp and trading store 200 feet below this marker. A rich gravel mining area and one of the richest quartz mining sections of the Mother Lode. Production records of over $100 million for Angels Camp and vicinity. Prominent in early day California history. Townsite established in 1873. Locale of Mark Twain's famous story, The Jumping Frog of Calaveras. Frequented by Joaquin Murietta, Black Bart and other early day bandits.
 
Erected 1931. (Marker Number 287.)
 
Location. 38° 4.113′ N, 120° 32.365′ W. Marker is in Angels Camp, California, in Calaveras County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (State Highway 49) and State Highway 4, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is located at the entrance to the parking lot for the retail store at the corner of Main Street (State Highway 49) and Finnegan Way. Marker is in this post office area: Angels Camp CA 95222, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Angels Hotel (a few steps from this marker); Independent Order of Odd Fellows Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Chinatown
Angels Camp Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, September 5, 2006
2. Angels Camp Marker
The sculpture on top of the base is of a frog- commemorating the "Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"
(within shouting distance of this marker); A. Brosemer Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial Hall (about 500 feet away); Claussen’s Corner (about 500 feet away); Mark Twain (approx. 0.3 miles away); Utica Mine North Shaft (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Angels Camp.
 
Regarding Angels Camp. This site has been designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.287
 
Also see . . .
1. Short History of Angels Camp. (Submitted on December 15, 2008.)
2. Ghost Towns: Angels Camp. (Submitted on December 15, 2008.)
3. Angels Camp History. (Submitted on December 15, 2008.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Frog Jump Jubilee Commemorative Plaques
The Calaveras County Fair aka The Frog Jump Jubilee is held the third weekend in May. The main attraction of the fair is the annual frog jumping contest which is a tribute to the famous Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) short story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras
Frog at the Top of the Base Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, September 5, 2006
3. Frog at the Top of the Base
County.
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The town of Angels Camp has installed bronze plaques in the sidewalks of Main Street to commemorate each year’s winners. See Photos #9, #10 and #11 for examples..
    — Submitted May 24, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
Additional keywords. Gold Rush
 
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Close-Up of Artwork on Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, September 5, 2006
4. Close-Up of Artwork on Marker
Postcard Image of Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Unknown
5. Postcard Image of Marker
Jumping Frog Marker
Angels Camp, Calif.
Note that marker is located at its previous site in front of the Angels Hotel at Main and Birds Streets.
Main Street Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, May 24, 2009
6. Main Street
Looking North from North of the Marker
Angels Camp - Looking South Down Main Street (1920's) Photo, Click for full size
Unknown, Photo Courtesy of the Historic American Building Survey, LOC
7. Angels Camp - Looking South Down Main Street (1920's)
Angels Camp - View Looking South on the Historic Part of Main Street image, Click for more information
February 20, 2009
8. Angels Camp - View Looking South on the Historic Part of Main Street
This view shows main street looking south in the historic center of Angels Camp. The marker (not visible) would be located in the picture down towards the visible end of the street on the right hand side, opposite the Angels Hotel (the building with the blue-railed balcony), just barely visible.
Click for more information.
Bronze Plaque - 1865 Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, May 24, 2009
9. Bronze Plaque - 1865
The main character of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
1865
World Record
"Dan'l Webster"
0' 0"
Jim Smiley
Angels Camp, Ca.

Bronze Plaque - 1944 Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, May 24, 2009
10. Bronze Plaque - 1944
1944
World Record
"Maggie"
16' 2"
Merlin Fisher
Stockton, Ca
Bronze Plaque - 2004 Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, May 24, 2009
11. Bronze Plaque - 2004
2004
"Red Bull"
20' 2 1/2"
Bob Fasano
San Jose, Ca.
 
 
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