California State Historic Landmark 484

Plaque exists. Site exists. Landmark location.

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#484 Georgetown
Founded August 7, 1849 by George Phipps and party. Nicknamed Growlersburg from the heavy nuggets that "growled" in the miners' pans. Georgetown was the hub of an immensely rich gold area. After the disastrous fire of 1852 the old town was moved from the canyon in lower Main Street to its present site. Unique in early day planning, Main Street was laid out 100 feet wide and side streets 60 feet. Population was 3000 in 1854-56.

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Mounted on wall in front of fire station, Main St, Georgetown.

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