California Historical Landmarks in Tuolumne County

California Historical Landmark 407
Summersville (Tuolumne)
Carter Street And Tuolumne Road

Summersville (Tuolumne)

The area's first non-Indian settlers, the Franklin Summers family, arrived in 1854 and built a log cabin a half mile west of this spot, the geographical center of East Belt Placer Gold Rush from 1856 to 1857. In 1858, James Blakely discovered the first quartz lode half a mile east of here and named it 'Eureka.' The mine became the nucleus of the town of Summersville, which was later called Carters and finally became Tuolumne. Other mining towns lively in gold rush days were Long Gulch, two miles south, and Cherokee, two miles north.

Citation from California Office of Historic Preservation

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