#0254 Camanche


#0254 Camanche

Site information:

The site is 0.5 miles west of the plaque, submerged by the lake.  Nothing remains of the site, as far as I know.

Plaque information:

State plaque located in Camanche Recreation area, on Camanche Rd. Site and plaque are restricted access, but a temporary access pass may be granted at gate.


Plaque text:


Named Camanche in 1849 after Camanche, Iowa. Once called Limerick Peak population 1500. Rich mining at nearby Cat Camp, Poverty Bar, and Sand Hill. Mokelumne River water brought in by Lancha Plana and Poverty Bar ditch. Fire June 21, 1873, destroyed large Chinatown. Buhach manufactured on the nearby Hill Ranch.

Monument and plaque erected by Calaveras County Historical Society and residents of Camanche, in cooperation with the California State Park Commission. April 8, 1956

Plaque addendum text:

Historical landmark plaque no. 254 was formerly located in the now submerged townsite of Camanche one half mile to your left (west). These hand hewn blocks are mortise stones from the south abutment of the Westmoreland Suspension Bridge, constructed during the gold rush era and formerly located two miles northeast of here.

Plaque placed and rededicated by the East Bay Municipal Utility District in cooperation with the Calaveras County Historical Society, May 5, 1968.

Registered 9/3/1937