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When California's gold fever of the 1850s subsided, Sonora was a town well established as "The Queen of the Southern Mines," a community with a solid foundation. Transients working the goldfields were gone, and the mining camps' early lawlessness and impermanency were replaced by an organized township. Established as the Tuolumne County seat in 1851, Sonora soon boasted schools, churches, civic and fraternal organizations, a vast array of commercial enterprises and support services, and a diverse population. Served by early railway lines, the town quickly became a commercial hub for logging and ranching. In modern times, Sonora's surrounding natural wonders and proximity to Yosemite make it a favored destination for such outdoor activities as fishing, hiking, camping, skiing, boating, and even Western moviemaking. With many of its early buildings and stately homes still standing, Sonora has a welcoming historic downtown and residential district.
ISBN: 9780738547831
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Michael Gahagan, a former weekly newspaper publisher with a lifetime interest in history and preservation, presents here striking images of the town's past from various public institutions, including the Tuolumne County Historical Society and Sonora Union High School District, as well as from private collections. He is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the California Historical Society, Friends of Columbia Historic State Park, and the Tuolumne County Historical Society.