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

Camp Nine Bell

 
 
Camp Nine Bell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 1, 2010
1. Camp Nine Bell Marker
Inscription. From New York in 1900 to the present day in California; from cookhouse to firehouse this bell has been a part of Vallecito’s history.

In 1906, Beach Thompson needing water for his hydraulic mining, and investors in San Francisco needing electric power came together to form the Union Construction Co. and the Stanislaus Electric Power Co. to build the Stanislaus Powerhouse – known as Camp Nine.

In the early days, the cook used the bell to call the workers to their morning and evening meals.

In 1923, the bell was given to the town of Vallecito. It hung in a locust tree on Main Street for 52 years. It was used as a firebell and to ring in the new year which became a tradition and one which continues to this day. In 1981, fearing for the bell’s safety, it was rescued by Dan Cooper, Dan Malatesta and Jim Saunders. The Malatesta family donated the land for the Vallecito Volunteer Fire Department where the bell stands today.

Historical Note:
The small cottage to the left of this monument served as Vallecito’s Post Office from 1891 to 1921. Postmistress Hattie Brockway
 
Erected 2005 by Matuca Chapter 1849, E Clampus Vitus – Clamper Year 6010.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location.
Camp Nine Bell Marker and Bell image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 1, 2010
2. Camp Nine Bell Marker and Bell
The cottage-post office mentioned in marker text can be seen in the background.
38° 5.305′ N, 120° 28.37′ W. Marker is in Vallecito, California, in Calaveras County. Marker is on Main Street 0.3 miles south of California Highway 4, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at the southern entrance to the parking area of the Vallecito’s Volunteer Fire Department Fire Station. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3434 Main Street, Vallecito CA 95251, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Vallecito (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dinkelspiel Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); Douglas Flat (was approx. 2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); The Italian Store (approx. 2.2 miles away); Joseph Schachten (approx. 3.2 miles away); Site of Brownsville (approx. 3.3 miles away); Ebbetts Pass Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.3 miles away); Murphys Grammar School (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vallecito.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
The Camp Nine Bell image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 1, 2010
3. The Camp Nine Bell
The Former Post Office image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 1, 2010
4. The Former Post Office
This is a private residence - please respect their privacy.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 911 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 6, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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