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Angels Camp

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2005 - 2017.

Angels Camp was founded in 1848. It is not certain whether it was Henry or George Angel after whom the town was named, but the town's first store keeper, Henry Angel is considered the most likely. The gold had played out when an accidental discovery brought new life to Angels Camp. The main vein of gold ran from Altaville to Angels Camp with mines lining Main Street. At the peak in the 18802 and 1890s, over 200 stamp mills worked the ore. In 1972, Angels Camp annexed Altaville creating a four mile long Main Street and the combined population was 2,700, down from the 1849 peak of 4,000.

Angels Camp is famous for Mark Twain's Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and the side walks are lined with Hollywood Boulevard style plaques to the winning frogs. Throughout the town, other frog related sculptures and reminders can be found.

You can pick up a Walking Tour and Driving Tour map at the Visitor Center and visit dozens of historic sites.

Main Street
Main Street looking east. Photo date: 11-26-04.
Main Street
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Main Street
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Main Street
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Main Street
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Main Street
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Otto Dolling Block
Otto Dolling Block, 1893. Photo date: 11-26-04.
Frog Sculpture
Frog Sculpture. Photo date: 11-26-04.
Frog Sculpture
This frog reminded us of the bison on Catalina. Photo date: 11-26-04.
Jumping Frog Plaque, 1955
Winner, 1955, Tule Pete, 15'-5", trainer, Mike Voitich of Stockton, California. Photo date: 11-26-04.
Jumping Frog Plaque. 1966
Winner, 1966, Ripple, 19'-3 1/8", trainers Bill Proctor and Leonard Hall of Lafayette, Callifornia. Photo date: 11-26-04.
Brick Wall
Brick wall. Photo date: 11-26-04.
Sheet Metal Siding
Sheet metal siding. Photo date: 11-26-04.
Victorian house, now a business. Photo date: 11-26-04.
Garage. Photo date: 11-26-04.
Main Street
Main Street early evening. Photo date: 11-26-04.
Main Street
Main Street early evening. Photo date: 11-26-04.
Main Street
Main Street early evening. Photo date: 11-26-04.
River at east end of town. Photo date: 11-26-04.
Blue Berries
Blue Berries. Photo date: 11-26-04.

The Lightner Mine ruins are located along side South Main Street toward the west side of town. Peter Cameron, A.M. Wood, William Powell, and C.G. Lake located this site in 1855. The vein widened to 120 feet at 700feet. After a cave-in, a new 900 foot shaft was dug but failed to locate the vein. The Lightner Mining Company operated from 1896-1915. A stamp mills crushed 500,000 tons of ore. Total production from this mine was $6,000.000. Serbian Orthodox Church
The "Red Brick" Altaville School was built in 1859 with funds from a dance. It is a classic one-room school house located at 125 North Main Street. It is sometimes also known as Old Altaville School and The Red Brick Grammar School. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
Angels Camp Museum and Carriage House
As you enter Angels Camp from the west, one of the first things you pass is the Angels Camp Museum and Carriage House.

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