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


Vallecito Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Wisehart, March 21, 2008
1. Vallecito Marker
Inscription. One of California's important early day mining towns named by Mexicans meaning Little Valley. Gold was discovered here by the Murphy Brothers on 1849. It was originally called "Murphys' Old Diggings". This bell was cast at Troy N.Y. in 1853. After being brought around the horn it was purchased from the ship with funds contributed by early day residents, then brought to Vallecito and erected in a large oak tree in 1854. It was used to call the people together for all purposes until February 16, 1939, when a severe wind blew the old tree down.
Erected 1939 by popular subscription and dedicated by the Grand Parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 38° 5.182′ N, 120° 28.448′ W. Marker is in Vallecito, California, in Calaveras County. Marker is at the intersection of Church St. and Carson St. and Cemetary Lane, on the left when traveling north on Church St.. Click for map. Marker is on church grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Vallecito CA 95251, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dinkelspiel Store (about 500 feet away, measured
Vallecito Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Wisehart, March 21, 2008
2. Vallecito Marker
View is northwesterly. Carson St. is to left (south); Cemetery Lane leads away from photo (northwest); Church St. continues to right (north).
in a direct line); Camp Nine Bell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Douglas Flat (approx. 2.2 miles away but has been reported missing); The Italian Store (approx. 2.3 miles away); Joseph Schachten (approx. 3.3 miles away); Parrott’s Ferry (approx. 3.4 miles away); Site of Brownsville (approx. 3.4 miles away); Ebbetts Pass Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Vallecito.
Also see . . .
1. Significant Towns of the Mother Lode Country. Vallecito is briefly mentioned here in this chapter from the book A Guide to the Mother Lode Country (1948) by C. Frank Brockman. A picture of this marker taken at that time is included. (Submitted on April 7, 2008, by Matt Gholson of Houston, Texas.) 

2. The bell of Vallecito: a historical mystery - Stolen or bought? Only the dead know for sure. The Calaveras Enterprise (12/4/2015) looks at various sources and considers whether the bell was stolen or bought, and whether it had originally been a ship's bell. (Submitted on December 4, 2015.) 
Categories. Notable PlacesSettlements & Settlers
Vallecito Bell image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 18, 2006
3. Vallecito Bell
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard Wisehart of Sonora, California. This page has been viewed 1,931 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Richard Wisehart of Sonora, California.   3. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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