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Built in 1915, the first occupant of this cell was said to be one of its laborers.
Murphys, California

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Large fires in 1859, 1874, and 1893 destroyed much of Murphys, whose population crashed after gold ran out by the 1870s. It nevertheless survived, due to its presence at the important Ebbetts Pass and as the largest town close to Calaveras Big Trees. Murphys is now a popular tourist spot, known for the Big Trees, for the caves nearby, and for its rising wine industry.
Murphys, California

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After the news of the discovery of gold, two merchant brothers, John and Daniel Murphy of the famed Stephen-Townsend-Murphys Party, headed to the hills to set up shop. They may have gone with George Angels, who dropped out after finding a profitable spot downstream. After starting in what is now Vallecito (Murphys Old Diggins), the brothers moved here a few kilometers North. There the brothers hit paydirt, though they found it much more profitable to pay the local Natives to mine it for supplies, in one incidence trading a blanket for a 5lb lump of gold (in their defense, John Murphy paid more than he needed to and married a chieftains daughter, leaving the area a year later with an estimated $2 million. The settlement that quickly sprang up around their camp went through a succession of names, from Stoutenberg, to Murphys Rich Diggings, Murphys Flat, Murphys Camp, Murphy's, Murphy and finally Murphys. The settlement continued to prosper, with some $20 million mined in the area.
Murphys, California

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Today, Telegraph City is a series of stone ruins scattered among cattle fields, little known even among those interested in ghost towns. Little information is available about this town.
Telegraph City, Copperopolis, California

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In 1860, disappointed by his dividends from the Comstock Silver Rush, Hiram Hughes returned to California and began mining in this area. He was somewhat successful at uncovering gold and silver, as well as an occasional "reddish iron". Later, Hiram's son William "Napoleon" Hughes found a huge deposit of the iron. Assessing the mineral in San Francisco finally identified it: copper, worth $120 a ton. Immediately a small copper rush was on and the town of Grasshopper City was formed. With the American Civil War beginning, copper (used for percussion caps to fire rifles) skyrocketed in value, and the region between Grasshopper City, Copperopolis, and Campo Seco became the second largest source of copper for the Union cause. Later Grasshopper City was renamed Telegraph City after the telegraph came through, connecting Calaveras Big Trees with Stockton. After the copper deposits ran out by the end of the decade, the town gradually declined, finally disappearing at an unknown date, leaving kilometers of stone walls that once formed fences and buildings.
Telegraph City, Copperopolis, California

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