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

Empire City

Empire City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 28, 2009
1. Empire City Marker
Inscription.  Two miles south of this spot was the site of “Empire City,” located on the south bank of the river. Founded in 1850 by John C. Marvin. The town was head of navigation on the Tuolumne River. It was a military supply depot for Forts Miller and Tahone. Elected the second Stanislaus County Seat on October 21, 1854. Three stores, one three story hotel, two boarding houses, a blacksmith shop, church and a school house were present. Vessels called “Petite Steamers” like the Tulare, Enterprise, Empire City, and the Hartlett brought passengers and supplies. This was a major shipping point for the extensive grain crops of the area. The town was destroyed by flood in 1861-62.

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Estanislao Chapter 58
E. Clampus Vitus
Originally Dedicated, October 28, 1961

Erected 1961 by Estanislao Chapter 58, E. Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 418.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics
Empire City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 28, 2009
2. Empire City Marker
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Notable PlacesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1897.
Location. 37° 38.316′ N, 120° 53.894′ W. Marker is in Empire, California, in Stanislaus County. Marker can be reached from First Street near Yosemite Boulevard (California Highway 132). Marker is located at Empire Park, at the eastern end of the parking area. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 First Street, Empire CA 95319, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Empire City (approx. ¼ mile away); Ceres War Memorial (approx. 4½ miles away); Ceres Volunteer Fire Department (approx. 4½ miles away); Andrew McGinnes (approx. 4.6 miles away); Grand Army of the Republic (approx. 4.6 miles away); Silent City (approx. 4.6 miles away); Modesto Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 4.7 miles away); The McHenry Mansion (approx. 5.3 miles away).
Regarding Empire City. Empire City was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 418 on February 29, 1949.

Empire City served as the county seat from October 1854 to December 1855.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,504 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 23, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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