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Calaveras County was created on February 18, 1850 as part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range foothills and mountains. Calaveras means "skulls." The county takes its name from the Calaveras River which contained many skulls of Miwok Indians who had either died of famine or had been killed in tribal conflicts over hunting and fishing grounds. Calaveras County is a general law California County located in the heart of the California Gold Country. The county is rich in historic landmarks that are well worth seeing when you visit. See Calaveras County Landmarks.

Calaveras County seat is San Andreas. The only incorporated city in the county is Angels Camp.

Communities within the county include Arnold, Avery, Copperopolis, Dorrington, Forest Meadows, Mokelumne Hill, Mountain Ranch, Murphys, Rail Road Flat, Rancho Calaveras, San Andreas, Vallecito, Valley Springs, Wallace and West Point.

The city of Calaveras recognizes The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, a short story by classic American author Mark Twain. Twain was told the story by a bartender in the Angels Hotel in Angels Camp, California. He re-wrote the tale into a classic story immortalized in books and an annual event celebrated in Angels Camp, the annual Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee.

Calaveras County geographic features includes numerous caverns, such as Mercer Caverns and Moaning Caves.

There's 1,037 square miles in Calaveras Co. Surrounding counties include: Stanislaus , San Joaquin, Amador, Alpine and Tuolumne County

Calaveras County Annual Crops and Production

Cities & Towns
Angels Camp

State/County Population Estimates with Annual Percent Change

California 38,648,090
Calaveras County 45,870

Calaveras County2007200820092010
Angels Camp3,5703,5833,5733,549
Balance Of County42,24342,40442,38842,321
County Total45,81345,98745,96145,870


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