#370:  Vallecito Bell Monument

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Intersection of Church St and Cemetery Ln, Vallecito





Private Plaque



From the plaque:

One of California's important early day mining towns, named by Mexicans meaning Little Valley. Gold was discovered here by the Murphy brothers in 1849, and it was originally called "Murphys' old diggings." This bell was cast at Troy N. Y. in 1853. After being brought around the horn it was purchased from the ship with funds contributed by early day residents, then brought to Vallecito and erected in a large oak tree in 1854. It was used to call the people together until February 16, 1939, when a severe wind blew the old tree down.

This monument was erected by popular subscription and dedicated by the Grand Parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West on the first day of October, 1939.

©2009 David Schmitt