Vallecito Bell Monument

California State Historic Landmark 370

Plaque exists. Site exists. Landmark location.

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#370 Vallecito
One of California's important early day mining towns, named by Mexicans meaning little valley, gold was discovered here by the Murphy brothers in 1849. It was originally called "Murphys Old Diggings." This bell was cast at Troy N.Y. in 1853. After being brought around the Horn it was purchased from the ship with funds contributed by early day residents, then brought to Vallecito and erected in a large oak tree in 1854. It was used to call the people together for all purposes until February 16, 1939, when a severe wind blew the old tree down.

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Intersection of Church St and Cemetery Ln, Vallecito.

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