Near Angels Camp in Calaveras County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Story Under the Lake
New Melones Lake
When full, the lake also covers the former town of Melones with over 100 feet of water. The townsite is located just northeast of the Stevenot Bridge on Highway 49 between Sonora and Angels Camp. Once the largest nineteenth and early twentieth-century settlement in the area, the town of Melones was situated on the Calaveras County side of the Stanislaus River, just below the gold-rich Carson Hill.
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation.
Location. 38° 0.234′ N, 120° 29.267′ W. Marker is near Angels Camp, California, in Calaveras County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 49. Touch for map. Marker is located on the north side of the New Melones Reservoir Visiter Center. The Visitor Center is 1/4 mile south of the Highway 49 - Stevenot - Stanislaus River Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Angels Camp CA 95222, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other Mark Twain Cabin (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Mark Twain Cabin (approx. 0.7 miles away); Robinson's Ferry (approx. one mile away); Archie D. Stevenot (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Mark Twain Cabin (approx. 1.3 miles away); Tuttletown (approx. 1.7 miles away); Archie Stevenot (approx. 1.9 miles away); Carson Hill (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Angels Camp.
Regarding The Story Under the Lake. The site of Melones (also known as Robinsonís Ferry and Robinson's) is a former settlement now submerged beneath New Melones Lake. It lay at an elevation of 955 feet. Melones was founded on the site of a ferry operated in 1848 by John W. Robinson and Stephen Mead. The town initially took its name from the ferry.
The first post office opened at Robinsonís Ferry in 1879, the name was changed to Robinson's in 1895, and to Melones in 1902. The post office was closed in 1932, re-established in 1933 and closed for good in 1942.
See Nearby Marker "Robinson's Ferry" for additional information.
Also see . . . New Melones History. History of the area is detailed by the US Dept. of the Interior New Melones Lake Website. (Submitted on June 30, 2010.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,452 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 29, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 30, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.