Site information:NE corner of Main and Donovan Sts, Jamestown
Plaque information:Private plaque
Plaque text:Jamestown (Also called Jimtown)
Known as gateway of Mother Lode and to southern mines, gold first discovered in Tuolumne County west of this point at Woods Creek by James Woods shortly before town was founded by Col. George James, August 8, 1848. Large quantities of gold recovered from streambeds and gulches during “Gold Rush.” Surrounded by famous mines from which millions were extracted in later years. First mercantile business in Southern mines said to have been in Butterfield Building, built in 1850, still standing (1948).
Tablet placed by California Centinal Commission and base provided by Jamestown Promotion Club. August 8, 1948.