Tuolumne County Points of Interest

Shaw's Flat
Shaws Flat Road and Shaws Flat School Road
Between Sonora and Columbia

Shaw's Flat Near Sonora
  Shaw's Flat Near Sonora
14 April 2008
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Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail
Shaw's Flat

In 1850 this community was alive with gold miners. James D. Fair, after whom the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco is named, was one of the most notable. The Mississippi House, built in 1850 contains many relics including the original bar and postoffice with its grill and mail boxes. On a nearby hill stands the old bell given by miners which summoned men to work and announced the convening of various courts. According to traditions, a local bartender added to his income by panning gold dust dropped on his muddy boots while serving customers.

Tablet placed by Historic Landmarks Committee and Tuolumne Parlor no. 144 Native Sons of the Golden West, October 5, 1947.

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