Mokelumne Hill California
Mokelumne Hill is a pleasantly underdeveloped 1849 gold rush town. In the 1850s Mokelumne Hill grew into a large town and was briefly the county seat of Calaveras county. Most of the gold extraction around Mokelumne Hill was initially small scale placer mining. Industrial scale hard rock mining doesn't seem to have come to the area until much later. After its boom in the 1850s Mokelumne Hill declined reaching a population of 515 by the 1880 census. Today Mokelumne Hill has 646 residents. It's a pleasant town to walk around and has a few really interesting buildings. The Odd Fellows Hall (1854-61) in the center of town is spectacular. There is a nicely restored hotel (Hotel Leger) that's open for business. There is also a library and history center housed in the same building. The history/community center has interesting and changing exhibits.