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Mokelumne Hill in Calaveras County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Mokelumne Hill

 
 
Mokelumne Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 21, 2006
1. Mokelumne Hill Marker
Inscription. Mokelumne is an Indian word, first applied to the nearby river. Earliest settlement was at Happy Valley by French trappers. Gold was discovered by discharged members of Stevenson's Regiment in 1848. Center of the richest placer mining section of Calaveras County and one of the principal mining towns of California.
Corral Flat produced over thirty millions in gold. Sixteen feet square constituted a claim. The so-called 'French War' for possession of gold mines occurred in 1851.
'Calaveras Chronicle' was established in 1850. Fights between grizzly bears and bulls amused early residents. At one time headquarters of Joaquin Murieta . Town was destroyed by fires in 1854, 1864, and 1874.
County seat of Calaveras County from 1853 to 1866.
 
Erected 1937 by The Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce and The Native Daughters of the Golden West, June 1937. (Marker Number 269.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 38° 18.115′ N, 120° 42.344′ W. Marker is in Mokelumne Hill, California, in Calaveras County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Center Street, on the left when traveling south on Main Street
Mokelumne Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 21, 2006
2. Mokelumne Hill Marker
. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mokelumne Hill CA 95245, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Emily Peek's Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Calaveras County Courthouse and Leger Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Mokelumne Hill (about 300 feet away); Butte Store (approx. 2.3 miles away); Moore Mine (approx. 3.9 miles away); Paloma (Fosteria) (approx. 4.2 miles away); Zeile Mine and Mine House (approx. 4.5 miles away); Botilleas Bordellos (approx. 4.8 miles away but has been reported missing). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mokelumne Hill.
 
Also see . . .
1. Mokelumne Hill. (Submitted on October 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Mokelumne Hill. (Submitted on October 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
3. Malakoff: Mokelumne Hill. (Submitted on October 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional keywords. Gold Rush
 
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Vintage Postcard - Mokelumne Hill image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1910
3. Vintage Postcard - Mokelumne Hill
Mokelumne Hill image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 21, 2006
4. Mokelumne Hill
Looking South on Main Street
Mokelumne Hill Congregational Church image. Click for more information.
By Syd Whittle, September 20, 2006
5. Mokelumne Hill Congregational Church
The Congregational Church in Mokelumne Hill was organized August 28, 1853. The church building, erected in 1856, is the oldest Congregational Church building in the state. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.261 on September 3, 1937. (There is no marker)
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Congregational Church image. Click for more information.
By Roger Sturtevant, Photographer, April 5, 1934
6. Congregational Church
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
HABS CAL,5-MOKHI,1-1
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Emily Peek's Saloon image. Click for more information.
By Syd Whittle, September 20, 2006
7. Emily Peek's Saloon
Located next to the Ledger Hotel

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Mokelumne Hill Town Hall image. Click for more information.
By Syd Whittle, September 20, 2006
8. Mokelumne Hill Town Hall
Attached link tells the history of the Town Hall Building
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I.O.O.F. Hall image. Click for more information.
By Syd Whittle, August 21, 2006
9. I.O.O.F. Hall
This is said to be California's first three-story building to be erected outside the coastal towns. The original building was erected in 1854 as a two-story building - a third story to be used for lodge purposes was added later. This site is California Registered Historical Landmark No.256 (There is no marker)
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I.O.O.F. Hall image. Click for more information.
Wells Fargo Bank Historical Museum, San Francisco
10. I.O.O.F. Hall
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
HABS CAL,5-MOKHI,4-
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The Leger Hotel image. Click for more information.
By Syd Whittle
11. The Leger Hotel
State Registered Historical Landmark No.663

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Fire House and "Fire Fighters" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 20, 2006
12. Fire House and "Fire Fighters" Marker
Marker Reads:
Volunteers served in the early 1850ís – Eagle Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1 formed 1861. Eureka Fire Co. No.2 with and constitution and by-laws 1862. Pennsylvania Engine Co. and Mokelumne Engine Co. No.1 all fought fires in the 1860ís
Mokelumne Hill Residence image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, September 20, 2006
13. Mokelumne Hill Residence
The Sturges - Costa Store image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 21, 2006
14. The Sturges - Costa Store
Store built in 1854
H.M. Sturges - 1856
L. Costa - Used as shoe store - 1878
Jacobs ran merchandise store - 1888
G. Costa warehouse - 1900
Remodeled as home - 1930
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,226 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   3. submitted on December 8, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   4, 5. submitted on October 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   6. submitted on April 15, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   7, 8, 9. submitted on October 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   10. submitted on April 15, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   11. submitted on September 17, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   12, 13. submitted on February 5, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   14. submitted on October 26, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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