Home of Mark Twain's Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
Rare Kuchel & Dresel view of Angel's Camp in Calaveras County.
The map shows Angel's Camp from hill above, with a bridge over creek at right with two men crossing. A stagecoach is shown entering town. Most of the buildings are shown the main street, with a few buildings scattered on neighboring hills.
Henry Angel of Rhode Island started a trading post at this placer mining site during the Gold Rush of 1848.
At one point in Angels Camp's early history there were as many as 4,000 miners working the claims. The Surface gold however, quickly diminished, leaving only the hardrock mining industry which flourished until recently.
In the fall of 1865 a young Mark Twain, who was at the time living in a small cabin on "Jackass Hill", overheard a story in a hotel bar, and later penned the now famous "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County".