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Near Ione in Amador County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Lancha Plana

(No. 30 California Historical Landmark)

 
 
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Inscription. In 1848, Mexican Settlers from Sonora, Mexico established a camp on the north back of the Mokelumne River and called it Sonora Bar. At the start of the California Gold Rush miners flocked to the Mokelumne River and set up camps and towns along its mineral-rich banks. Just across the river from Sonora Bar lay the exceedingly rich gravel deposits of Poverty Bar. A ferry was established that carried miners across the river to Poverty Bar and the hard-rock mines of Calaveras County. Eventually the name of the camp was changed from Sonora Bar to Lancha Plana, Spanish for "flat boat," a reference to the ferry.

Lancha Plana reached the height of its prosperity after 1856 when hill and bluff mining largely replaced river mining. In 1858, the town boasted a population of over 1,000 people, enough to support it's own newspaper. The Lancha Plana Dispatch went into circulation on March 3, 1860. By November of that year, the successful newspaper was relocated to Jackson, the Amador County seat, and became the Amador County Dispatch.

Today, what is left of Lancha Plana lays beneath the waters of the East Bay Municipal Utility District's Camanche Reservoir. The modern Lancha Plana Bridge is located near the now inundated town after which it is named.

Thank you to the East Bay Municipal Utility District for allowing
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the placement of this commemorative plaque on their property.

Dedicated January 21, 2017 (6022) by the James W. Marshall Chapter 49 of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus.
 
Erected 2017 by James W. Marshall Chapter 49 of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 30.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 14.108′ N, 120° 56.768′ W. Marker is near Ione, California, in Amador County. Marker can be reached from Camanche Road. Touch for map. The marker is located at the Camanche Marina parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Ione CA 95640, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camanche (approx. 2.4 miles away); Buena Vista (approx. 4˝ miles away); Buena Vista Store (approx. 4˝ miles away); Campo Seco (approx. 5 miles away); Valley Spring (approx. 7 miles away); Ione's Annual Picnic (approx. 7.7 miles away); Ione High School (approx. 7.8 miles away); Athearn School Bell (approx. 8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ione.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
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