Murphys in Calaveras County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
1824 – 1892
Founder of Murphys, 1848.
John and brother Daniel set up trading post; hired Miwok Indians to mine gravel – paid them in merchandise
Murphys was first known as Murphys Diggings; then Murphys Camp – later Murphys
John Murphy left camp in Dec. 1849 with $1,500,000 in gold. Returned to San Jose. Married Virginia Reed of Donner Party.
Served as Mayor of San Jose and Sheriff of Santa Clara
Erected by E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 38° 8.265′ N, 120° 27.924′ W. Marker is in Murphys, California, in Calaveras County. Marker can be reached from Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is located on the E Clampus Vitus Wall of Comparative Ovations at the Murphys Old Timers Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 470 Main Street, Murphys CA 95247, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. E Clampus Vitus (here, next to this marker); Maj. James D. Savage (here, next to this marker); William Gordon Huff (here, next to this marker); Peter L. Traver Building Thompson Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Sperry Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Murphys Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Jones Apothecary – Cheap Cash Store (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murphys.
Regarding John Murphy. The ECV Wall of Comparative Ovations exhibits multiple plaques dedicated to Clamperdom over many years. William Gordon Huff created all of the plaques which commemorate important figures in Western History.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers commemorating sites of Murphy homes in California.
Also see . . . John Murphy. In addition to gaining wealth from mining and serving at several different government positions, he married a survivor of the Donner Party, served in the San Jose Volunteers which participated in “Battle of Santa Clara” during the war with Mexico, he was also a member of the “Stephens-Murphy-Townsend Party," which in 1844 was the first wagon train to cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains. (Submitted on August 12, 2010.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 877 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 12, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.