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County Seat : San Andreas
Established: 1850
Square Miles: 1,037 mi

Jumping Frogs Festival in Angels Camp
ca. 1930's

Calaveras County is one of the original counties of California. It was created in 1850 at the time California became a state. In 1854 Amador County was formed from parts of it and in 1864 another was sectioned off for Alpine county. Calaveras County takes it name from the word "skulls". Was named for the river Calaveras which had been reported by the Spanish Explorer Gabriel Moraga when he found many skulls of Native Americans on the banks of the river. They had either died from famine or from tribal wars. Calaveras is located in the Gold Country of California. Mark Twain set his famous story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, from here. Each year Calaveras hosts its County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee, featuring a frog jumping contest, to help celebrate Mark Twains' story and the celebrated California red-legged frog, feared to extinct from the county by 1969, and was rediscovered in 2003.

Calaverite, a gold telluride mineral is name for this county.

Angels Camp is the only incorporated city in the county.


Arnold * Copperopolis * Glencoe * Mokelumne Hill * Murphys
Rail Road Flat * San Andreas * Vallecito * Wallace * West Point

Neighboring Counties

Alpine County, California
Amador County, California
Stanislaus Co., California
San Joaquin Co., California
Tuolumne Co., California

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