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History's Mysteries of Tuolumne County

By VTC Author | 05/18/2020 | Exploring Tuolumne County

From the Gold Rush to tales of trekking in the Sierra, Tuolumne County is filled with a rich history. While much of the history is accurately recorded, there are still mysteries around every corner and new stories waiting to be uncovered. However, it is no mystery that Tuolumne County is the place to be for outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs, and even those looking into the supernatural. Explore with new eyes and discover the mysteries Tuolumne County has to offer.

Austin Banks Railtown

Photo by Austin Banks

Columbia Historic State Park

The once abandoned ghost town of Columbia is filled with mysteries from its heyday. Simply by walking the streets you can tell how deep the history runs, how life was for those in the 1800’s and the accurate level it is preserved at today. Learn about the competition between Columbia and Sacramento to become the state capital or discover the legends surrounding the Battle of Sawmill Flat. If you’re looking for a little extra mystery, visit the Victorian Era Fallon Hotel which is said to be haunted by a young lady lingering around the grounds.


Railtown 1857 State Historic Park

Transport yourself to the Wild West at Railtown 1857 State Historic Park in Jamestown. Ride on historic trains to explore the landscape of Gold County and see history come to life. Whether you’d like to ride in the cab or participate in their Crew for the Day program to have a hands-on experience, Railtown will bring the mysteries of the foothills of the Sierra to light.


The Groveland Hotel

Stay as those traveling to Yosemite over the past hundred years have at the at The Groveland Hotel. The oldest hotel in the Yosemite area and recently renovated, it has all the modern amenities and updated features while maintaining its historic charm. Don’t forget to ask about their longest staying guest who continues to linger, Lyle.

Columbia Diggins

Photo Courtesy of California State Parks

Sasquatch Sightings

The Sierra is filled with myths and tales. One of the most well-known is the legend of Sasquatch aka Bigfoot. Head out on a hike to explore and you’ll never know who or what you might stumble upon. Many claim to have spotted it in Twain Harte or at Herring Creek in Stanislaus National Forest. It is your chance to try and crack the mystery of Bigfoot in Tuolumne County.


Gold Panning

Get closer to history by practicing gold panning the way the 49ers did back during the gold rush. Learn from modern day prospectors and see if you have the Midas touch. They found gold in these hills and who knows, you could too.


The Service Station

Located in a historic building over 120 years old in downtown Jamestown, The Service Station, is home to delicious meals, a beer garden, and even friendly ghosts. While at first you may think it is other patrons, rumor has it, you can hear talking and laughing coming at mysterious times and places throughout the establishment.


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