California Historical Landmarks in Amador County

California Historical Landmark 29
Main and Consolation Streets
Town of Volcano
Founded 1848

California Historical Landmark #29: Volcano
Three Historic Markers (From Left to Right)

Centennial (1848 - 1948)
California Historical Landmark 29
Soldier Gulch

12 October 2006
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California Historical Landmark #29: Volcano
  California Historical Landmark #29: Volcano
12 October 2006
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4 Miles

Started in 1848 by soldiers of Colonel Stevenson's regiment. Named by miners because of apparent volcanic appearance. Here the first California rental library, 1850, was established, and one of the first "Little Theaters" founded by the "Volcano Thespian Society," 1854.

Interesting Civil War history.

Historical Landmark No. 29
Department of Public Works - Division of Highways

California Historical Landmark #29: Volcano
12 October 2006
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Volcano - Right Here!

1934 plaque placed in Pine Grove as "obituary" when planned dam would flood Volcano. Geology and water rights negated plan. So Volcano didn't drown.


Dedicated July 5, 1980
Volcano Business & Professional Association
James W. Marshall Chapter No. 49
E Clampus Vitus
Upcountry 88 Lions

Underwater in California

The damming of rivers and creeks inundated many 19th century cemeteries, buildings and entire towns.

Bagby (Merced River)
Bidwell's Bar (Feather River)
Camanche (Mokelumne River)
Condemned Bar (American River)
Jacksonville (Tuolumne River)

Middle Bar (Pardee River)
Mormon Island, (American River)
Negro Hill (American River)
Poverty Bar (Mokelumne River)
Reynold's House (Silver Creek)

Salmon Falls (American River)
Searsville (Corte Madera Creek)
Whiskeytown (Clear Creek)

The town of Volcano in Amador County had a close call in 1934 but was granted a reprieve and survives today.

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