Angels Camp - an historic gold mine town.
"And alsoTown of the Jumping frog"
Angels Camp has the air now of a gentle little town - a far cry from how it might have appeared 150 years ago.
It's main street is lined with the low-level wooden buildings of that earlier age when thousands came here to work in the gold mines along the Mother Lode, hoping to make their fortune.
Two brothers, Henry and George Angel, headed here 1848 all the way from Rhode Island where they had run a general store. They soon decided that setting up a store might be more profitable than the backbreaking work of surface goldming, from which there returns were poor. More and more people were flooding in - the wave of '49ers - followed by many more as a valuable seam of quartz was also found in the hardrock. So around the Trading post that they established Angel Camp developed and served a population of 4000 miners and their families.
Once the noise of the stamping mills and other machinery stopped they would have thronged this street - and here they could have found relaxtion, refreshment and entertainment in saloons and dance halls.
It is the kind of small town I love to wander around and there is a great deal of information to guide you, by way of the various plaques and commemorative notices to be seen as you take a stroll down Main street.
Most of the buildings here have been restored or reconstructed in the original style of this old Gold Town.
As the town grew and prospered more shops and services were established, hotels built, construction companies, farriers and all else needed to support a large community.
The population today is below 4000 but although we visited in a time of economic difficulty there was plenty of evidence that the spirit of Angel Camp is in good shape as it looks forward to the future, preserving and benefitting from its historical past.