Calaveras County, California

Calaveras, a foot-hill county, just south of Amador and east of San Joaquin, has an area of 971 square miles, and an estimated population of 12,125; the census of 1880 gave the population as 9,094. The county seat is San Andreas, the center of a rich mining region. Other towns are Milton, Copperopolis, Murphys and Angels. Calaveras is pre-eminently a mining county, and its places were among the richest in California in early days. Now quartz mining is extensively carried on. Besides gold, there are rich deposits of copper, iron, coal and marble, all of which will repay working when the cost of transportation is reduced. The county is also rich in timber, the yearly product being 5,000,000 feet of fine lumber and 2,000,000 shingles. Like the other old mining counties, fruit-growing and agriculture are gaining ground every year. Many of the choicest fruits flourish well in these foot-hill valleys. The assessed valuation in 1889 was $4,315,361.


Source: California State Gazetteer and Business Directory 1890, Volume II, R. L. Polk & Company, 1890.

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