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Georgetown - Pride of the Sierra / Growlersburg / E Clampus Vitus

 
 
Georgetown-Pride of the Sierra / Growlersburg / E Clampus Vitus Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 23, 2012
1. Georgetown-Pride of the Sierra / Growlersburg / E Clampus Vitus Marker
Inscription.
Georgetown
Pride of the Sierras
Georgetown was founded in 1849 by George Phipps, a member of a party of sailors prospecting for gold, who first pitched his tent near the head of what is now known as Empire Canyon. George's town quickly developed into a center of commerce, providing supplies to gold miners working the many claims in the region.
Growlersburg
Within Georgetown a small community in the lower area of town became known as Growlersburg, and was inhabited by those claiming to be part of the original Phipps party. Those raucous and rowdy residents were called Growlers.
E Clampus Vitus
A Lodge of the ancient and honorable society of E Clampus Vitus was organized in Georgetown on March 15, 1856 by E. H. Van Decor, PNGH; California State Senators John L. Boles, NGH; and Hiram Lines, as well as approximately 200 other roisterous suspects. Their heirs of absurdity still survive today, known as Growlersburg Chapter 86.
This plaque is dedicated to Georgetown,
those early Miners, Growlers, Pioneers and the
spirited characters known as the Clampers. Satisfactory!

 
Erected 2008 by Growlersburg Chapter 86, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series.
Georgetown-Pride of the Sierra / Growlersburg / E Clampus Vitus Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 23, 2012
2. Georgetown-Pride of the Sierra / Growlersburg / E Clampus Vitus Marker
This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 54.408′ N, 120° 50.315′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is on Wentworth Springs Road just south of Orleans Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is mounted on a base just north of the fire station. Marker is at or near this postal address: 304 Wentworth Springs Road (aka Main Street), Georgetown CA 95634, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Georgetown Blues (a few steps from this marker); Miners Club (a few steps from this marker); Georgetown Volunteer Firemen (within shouting distance of this marker); Chief Jack Anderson (within shouting distance of this marker); Georgetown (within shouting distance of this marker); Georgetown Firehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The American Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); American River Inn (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Georgetown.
 
Regarding Georgetown - Pride of the Sierra / Growlersburg / E Clampus Vitus. George Phipps and some sailors discovered gold here in 1849. It was originally called Growlersburg because gold pans were said to "growl" with nuggets. The nearby village of Kelsey is where Marshall had his blacksmith shop. Garden Valley was the old Johnstown Camp. The Black Oak Mine in Garden Valley was extremely rich. Georgetown was rebuilt with a 100-foot wide Main Street to combat the all-too-common wild fires.
Source: Gold Rush Chronicles - http://www.comspark.com/chronicles/eldorado.htm#top
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 736 times since then and 22 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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