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historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM41M_tuolumne-formerly-called-summersville_Tuolumne-CA.html
Geographical center of East Belt Placer Gold Rush, 1856-57. First white settlers, the Franklin Summers family, arrived in 1854 and built log cabin half mile west. James Blakely, in 1858, discovered first quartz lode, half mile east, naming it "Eur…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM41L_ralphs-station_Sonora-CA.html
Land homesteaded by Isaac Taylor Holland and the adjoining Campbell property was sold to Jonathan Florentine Ralph, who later divided and gave the parcels to his son's Galo, Walter, and Frank. An apple packing house, served by the Sierra Railroad …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM3CG_jacksonville_Jamestown-CA.html
Near this site, now inundated by the waters of Don Pedro Reservoir, stood the historic town of Jacksonville. It was settled by Julian Smart who planted the first garden and orchard in the spring of 1849. Named for Colonel A. M. Jackson. In 1850 it…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM3CE_woods-crossing_Jamestown-CA.html
Tuolumne County history begins here. Early in 1848 a party of Philadelphia prospectors under the leadership of James Woods discovered gold 500 feet south east of this marker, where the old road crosses the creek now bearing Woods' name. James Sava…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMZ7_columbia_Columbia-CA.html
Columbia, the "gem of the southern mines," became a town of 4000 to 5000 in the 1850s, following the discovery of gold here by the Hildreth party March 27, 1850. Gold shipments, estimated at $87,000,000, declined rapidly after 1858 but Columbia ne…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMUP_mark-twain-bret-harte-trail_Jamestown-CA.html
Known as gateway of Mother Lode and to southern mines, gold first discovered in Tuolumne County west of this point at Woods Creek by James Woods shortly before town was founded by Col. George James, August 8, 1848. Large quantities of gold recover…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMLR_hetch-hetchy-railroad_Groveland-CA.html
Masterminding the Hetch Hetchy Water and Power Project was the brilliant chief engineer Michael Maurice O'Shaughnessy. One of his first priorities was to build a reliable and high-capacity standard gauge railway that could traverse the rugged terr…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMLQ_trails-and-waterfalls_Groveland-CA.html
Within this 459-square-mile Hetch Hetchy watershed are 287 miles of trails, including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. They offer views of an abundance of flora and fauna, along with breathtaking scenery. Upstream from the dam to your left…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMLP_water-quality-at-hetch-hetchy_Groveland-CA.html
The Tuolumne River supplies 85% of the water for 2.4 million people. It originates from pristine spring snowmelt as far upstream as Mt. Lyell at an elevation of 13,114 feet. The City and County of San Francisco protects the resources entrusted…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HMLO_producing-clean-renewable-energy_Groveland-CA.html
Every year the Hetch Hetchy Water and Power System produces 1.7 billion kilowatt-hours of clean renewable hydropower - equivalent to the power generated from burning 39 million gallons of oil. Early Intake Powerhouse was built in 1918, twelve m…
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