California State Historic Landmark 275
One of the principal mining communities in Calaveras County, named for the
discoverer of gold on the flat in 1849. The objective of many immigrants coming over the Sierras
by Ebbetts Pass. Murphys Flat and surrounding mines produced 20,000,000 dollars in gold. Early
regulations restricted claims to 8 ft. square. Suspension flume conveying water across Murphys
Creek and drainage race draining the flat, were two outstanding accomplishments of early day
miners. Business portion of town destroyed by fire August 20 1859. Joaquin Murietta bandit, began
his murderous career here. Calaveras Light Guards recruiting for Civil War, organized here
May 4, 1861.
Intersection of Main and Jones Sts, Murphys.
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