Angels Camp CA Area Overview
It is home to the Greenhorn Creek Golf Course, O.A.R.S. Whitewater Rafting & Adventure headquarters, the Jumping Frog Jubilee & County Fair, and one of the best gold rush history museums in the heart of the Sierra. Angels Camp has a charming main street full of intriguing little shops and cafe restaurants, a farmers market in the summer, and a vintage movie theatre.
The Jumping Frog Jubilee came to be after Mark Twain based his short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” on a story he claimed to have heard at the Angels Hotel in 1865. Thereafter, the event is commemorated with a Jumping Frog Jubilee each May at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds, just east of the city. Because of this, Angels Camp is sometimes referred to as “Frogtown.”
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Angel Camp Communities
Altaville was first known as “Cherokee Flat” because it is located close to the Cherokee river.
It is located in the northwest portion of the city of Angels Camp and sits at an elevation of 1,542 feet. Altaville has been the foundry town of Calaveras County since D. D. Demerest established a foundry there in 1854. Gold was also discovered in 1854, but that didn’t last long. Altaville survived due to its position as an important point for supplies and machinery. Most of the stamp mills and a large part of the mining machinery erected in Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties were built at the Altaville Foundry.
The Altaville Grammar School in Altaville, California is one of the oldest grammar schools in California. It was built in 1858 of brick in the Greek Revival style and remained in use until 1950. Photo credit: Bobak Ha’Eri