The towns in the Mother Lode each have a unique history. From the largest, Sonora, to Angels Camp and San Andreas to the tiny towns of Sheep Ranch and Vallecito you will find friendly small-town atmosphere and the look and excitement of the gold rush. Away from the large cities of San Francisco and Sacramento you will find sophisticated tech-company retirees and friendly old-timers. Comfortably secluded, if you feel like saying hello, there is a map on each town’s page.
Towns with a Colorful History
Several local annual events celebrate the Mother Lode’s history. Find out about the notorious Black Bart in the Copperopolis town page. Enjoy the ‘mystery’ of the Calaveras skull found in Altaville here.