California State Historic Landmark 400
Founded June 1851 - commonly called "Virginia." Over two thousand miners worked
rich deposits. Captain John Bristow built California's first railroad, 1852, carrying pay dirt
to Auburn Ravine, a distance of one mile. Site of Philip Armour's and George Aldrich's butcher
shop, said to have led to founding of famous Chicago Armour Meat Packing Company.
Nothing remains of this site.
4725 Virginiatown Rd, 0.2 mi SE of Fowler and Virginiatown Rds, 7 mi NW of Newcastle.
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