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    Main St., San Andreas
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San Andreas Things to Do

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    by WulfstanTraveller Written Feb 16, 2007

    San Andreas has a small but very interesting old downtown.

    As the county seat and one of the county's main population centres, it has some new development but it is kind of sprawled out over the area in a manner disassociated from the old town, which has pretty much died out as a functioning comemrcial and social centre. There are a bar and a couple small businesses but otherwise, pretty much nothing is going on here other than the museum, which is a top must-see for Calaveras County.

    As mentioned on my page for the town, the old downtown includes the area at the interseciton of Main Street, Historic Hwy 49, and the new Hwy 49/Hwy 12 route, but the real core is ther block of Main Street going down the hill from the main highway. It includes several old buildings, among them the stone-and-brick museum, which was the courthouse for about 100 years from 1866 until the 1960s, and a small stone building that has seen various uses.

    The Main Street is very narrow and easy to miss from the highway. Some of the buildings are a bit rundown and there never seems to be anybody doing anything, other than the occaisional tourist or bar patron.

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    Old Calaveras County Offices, Now Museum

    by WulfstanTraveller Written Oct 15, 2004

    The Old courthouse and museum, in San Andreas's tiny downtown, is a neat bit of history. It is where Black Bart was tried and convicted, and the building was the county's courthouse and county jail part way through the 1960s, showing just how much of a backwater this place was then. The walls of the jail are wood planks set flat, making the walls very thick, and they are etched with graffiti from about 90 years' worth of prisoners. The jail is also very dark, cold, and dank (in winter).

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