Since the close of World War II when it was summer retreat of a few hundred, the population has grown to 2,586. Twain Harte is a vacation, retirement and family oriented community. After a 2nd wildly successful Outhouse Race it seems the event will be a mainstay along with other annual craft shows and wine tastings. The annual “Concerts in the Pines” or “Movies Under the Stars” at Eproson Park starts each year in June. (Organized by the Twain Harte Area Chamber of Commerce)
History of Twain Harte
Originally the Mi-Wuk Indians lived beside Twain Harte Lake. They built “oochums” made from tree limbs and bark. They also wove fine baskets from the willows that grew in the damp place.
In nearby in Columbia, Sonora, and Jamestown, the discovery of gold in 1849 brought non-native people to the foothills by the thousands. When the easy gold was exhausted, apple and pear orchards were planted; cattle ranches and later lumber mills began springing up around the Indian enclave at “The Rock”. Twain Harte Dam next to “the Rock” had funding problems but was finished and dedicated on July 4, 1929. As part of the celebration, the Indians had their last Pow-Wow there.
Twain Harte came into its own when a road was constructed over Sonora Pass in 1861 between the bustling commercial town of Sonora and the very rich mining town of Aurora. Two toll gates were put in to defray expenses, one at Twain Harte and one at Sugar Pine. Keturah C. Wood subdivided the area in 1924 (there have been six more subdivisions) and he named the area after two famous Mother Lode authors, Mark Twain and Bret Harte.
Twain Harte Zip Code: 95383
US Post Office Twain Harte –
23051 Fuller Road
Fire – P.O. Box 447