Gold! On November 22, 1854, four men armed with pickaxes unearthed the largest piece of gold ever found in the Western Hemisphere - weighing more than 195 pounds troy - at the site of the present-day Carson Hill Mine.
Calaveras rides the crest of the Mother Lode ore deposit. 41 State Historical landmarks commemorate our towns and diggings, one for every 900 Calaveras residents. Mining activities remain a vital part of Calaveras County, as does lumbering and ranching.
The County has 1,027 square miles. It ranges from sea level to over 8,000 feet and is bordered by the Mokelumne River to the north and the Stanislaus River to the south, creating a pie shaped piece of history and promise.
Among those drawn to the Mother Lode was Mark Twain, whose story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, forms the basis for the world-famous Jumping Frog Jubilee held in May each year.
Calaveras offers year-round outdoor recreation and special events, antiques, art, theater, museums, and wine tasting, – all within an unhurried lifestyle.