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Address: Highway 49, Chinese Camp, CA
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This mining center is where the predecessor to Wells-Fargo was located.

This mining center is where the predecessor to Wells-Fargo was located.

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Semi Ghost Town

I dropped by this spot by before my lil sisters wedding in Sonora, CA on the weekend of New years eve 2015. Right off the 120/montezuma road, there are about 1/2 dozen other... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 July 2016
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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

We took a scenic drive along Highway 49, from Jamestown to Oakhurst. Here are some of the stops we made, in Chinese Camp and Coulterville, as we explored historic and (mostly) abandoned towns. This is a great route for photographers and history buffs!

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

I dropped by this spot by before my lil sisters wedding in Sonora, CA on the weekend of New years eve 2015. Right off the 120/montezuma road, there are about 1/2 dozen other sites/ Ghost Towns such as Montezuma, Jefferson (although only markers remain) and the only known cira 1800's Jesuit Shrine in No California in a 4 mile radius.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

If you love old building and ruins this is a great place to stop. It is easy to drive by without noticing. There is an historical marker on the west side of the street. Park there and walk down the block to the left (south). That one block is full of old buildings, most in a state of serious decay.... More 

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Copperopolis, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

A very small historic town, with some great gold rush history. Stop and talk to the locals or do some research on the net before going to Yosemite?

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015 via mobile

Called into the bar at Chinese Camp to buy a handmade rug and ended up staying for 3 hours talking to Mike the owner. If you're travelling to Yosemite near Sonora make sure you call into see Mike at Chinese Camp it's well worth the experience

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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

Interesting out of the way place to have a quick look at the past, there are several of the old original building still standing....they are in disrepair! This was the home to Chinese immigrants during the gold rush days. Now it is a virtual ghost town....look up its history on line.

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Cary, NC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015

Interesting out of the way place. I enjoyed walking around and learning some of the history. The short hiking trail has nice scenary.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

I spotted this town on a map and was intrigued by its name. Its proximity to all the gold mining towns was very close so I gave it a visit and was fascinated by its near-ghost town appearance. Even the properties occupied by live people seemed extremely run down. Sometimes it was hard to tell the difference between abandoned and... More 

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San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

We have been in the Sonora area many times, but we made a quick trip through Chinese Camp this time. There are still several of the original buildings. They aren't in the best of shape and they aren't open to the public. It is still interesting to see the old community without the tourist entrapments. The Chinese laborers settled here... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

Chinese Camp is a pleasant historic community. Very close to Yosemite and Sonora, CA. Many different attractions in the general area of Chinese Camp. Home and land prices are at an all time low. The entire area is a pleasant escape from the San Francisco Bay Area. Highly recommend.

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