Utica Park, Angels Camp, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 38° 04.320 W 120° 32.549
10S E 715568 N 4216655
Quick Description: Municipal Park build on top the remains of an old gold mine
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 6/2/2008 9:10:20 PM
Waymark Code: WM3Y11
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 74

Long Description:

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This park is closely related to the history of this tiny Sierra Nevada mining town. In 1848, just shortly before the California Gold Rush, Henry Angel established a trading post here. Two years later, when California's Sierra Nevada was turned inside out in the search of gold, rich surface ore as well as very rich gold veins were discovered in the area. By 1885, Angels Camp had become one of the major gold-mining districts in the state and for the next 40 years the Utica Mine was the area's major source of gold. Is was reported that in only 30 months, between 1893 to 1895, the mine yielded more than $4 million worth of gold.
Monument at the location of the mine's former North Shaft
Operation continued until the beginning of World War I, when all of the major mines were shut down. There was some activity again in 1930, but after that the mine laid dormant for many years. Eventually, the ground was leveled and a playground was built in 1997.
Utica Park Playground

Today, Utica Park is the heart of this little community, hosting a lot of events throughout the year, most popular being the annual Frog Jumping Contest. It is home to a playground, a Mark Twain statue and a monument commemorating the victims of the 1889 Utica mining disaster.

The westernmost Mark Twain Statue in the United States

Name: Utica Park

Street Location: Utica Lane

Local Municipality: Angels Camp

State/Province, etc.: California

Country: USA

Memorial/Commemoration: Named after the richest gold mine in the area

Picnic Facilities: Picnic tables, pavillion

Recreational Facilities:

Monuments/Statues: Mark Twain Monument, Utica Mining Disaster Monument

Special Events: Annual Frog Jumping Contest

Web Site: Not listed

Date Established: Not listed

Art (murals/sculpture, etc.): Not listed

Fountains: Not listed

Ponds/Lakes/Streams/Rivers/Beach: Not listed

Traditional Geocaches: Not listed

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