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Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member heringermr
N 39° 13.760 W 121° 22.970
10S E 639584 N 4343472
Quick Description: A California Historical marker for a gold mining community in Yuba County.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 1/2/2013 6:27:44 AM
Waymark Code: WMG1P5
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member Uncle Alaska
Views: 3

Long Description:
Timbuctoo is an unincorporated community in Yuba County.

In 1855, Timbuctoo was the largest town in eastern Yuba County. At the height of its prosperity it contained a church, theater, stores, hotels, and saloons, a Wells Fargo office, and the Stewart Bros. store which was restored in 1928 and dedicated to the town's pioneer men and women.

The town was founded in the early 1850s and, according to legend, it was named after a former African slave who was from the Timbuktu Region of Mali. At its peak, Timbuctoo was home to 1,200 residents. Large hydraulic mining operations were conducted throughout the town's existence. The town began to decline after hydraulic mining was outlawed in 1884. Today, there are few remnants of the gold mining days.

The Wells Fargo Office and Stewart Brothers Store, which was built in 1855, was the last remaining structure. Although it was restored by the Native Sons of the Golden West in 1928, it has since collapsed. Remnants of the building are located at the GPS coordinates +39° 13' 1.20", -121° 19' 4.80".
Marker Number: 320.00

Marker Name: TIMBUCTOO

County: Yuba

Has Official CA Plaque: yes

Marker Dedication Date: 7/12/1939

Plaque located on State Hwy 20 (P.M. 14.9), site on Timbuctoo Rd, 1.0 mi W of Smartville

Website: Not listed

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