Georgetown in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Georgetown - Pride of the Sierra / Growlersburg / E Clampus Vitus
Pride of the Sierras
those early Miners, Growlers, Pioneers and the
spirited characters known
Erected 2008 by Growlersburg Chapter 86, E Clampus Vitus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1849.
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. The marker is mounted on a base just north of the fire station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 304 Wentworth Springs Road (aka Main Street), Georgetown CA 95634, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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). Touch for a list and map 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
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