Info & History in Groveland
OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL
Historic Catholic Church.
COMMUNITY HALL, GROVELAND
Historic building, built 1918.
This building, variously known as the
Gamble, Wells Fargo, or Iron Door building,
was built between 1848 and 1852 and was once the southernmost branch of the Hudson Bay Company of Canada. It includes a small jail
cell. It is very little changed from its
Historic jail, built in 1895. The architectural style is Neoclassical. This was a branch of the Tuolumne County jail, and this served as a drunk tank and for temporary holding until prisoners could be transported to the main jail in Sonora.
HOURS: Always open.
GROVELAND YOSEMITE GATEWAY MUSEUM
Museum has exhibits on native plants,
stitching, the Hetch Hetchy railroad, Indian baskets, old bottles, historical fishing.
Petting zoo of animal pelts, including bear, beaver, rabbit, bobcat, elk, javelin. Model
of Longfellow Mine. Store sells books and stuffed animals.
HISTORICAL MARKER BIG OAK FLAT
Historical marker for Big Oak Flat, next to Kwik-Serv. Marker reads: Mark Twain Bret
Harte Trail. Big Oak Flat. First called Savage Diggings after man who discovered gold here in 1848. Renamed Big Oak Flat about 1850 after giant oak tree that stood in center of town near this spot... Rich placer and lode mines reported to have yielded $28 million during heydey.
HISTORICAL MARKER GROVELAND
Plaque reads: "Formerly called First Garrote traced to hanging of Mexican for stealing horse... Gold discovered here 1849. Thousands in placer gold taken from mines on Garrote Creek, Big Creek and other diggings..."
HISTORICAL MARKER SECOND GARROTTE
Settled in 1849 by miners who found a rich source of placer gold. Hangman's tree next to marker used to hang lawbreakers, with the practice giving Second Garrotte its name.
LIBRARY--GROVELAND BRANCH OF COUNTY LIBRARY
Public library, with some historical collection.
Remains of a mine. The photo shows the mine structures before a recent fire. We haven't been to the mine since the fire. We don't suggest actually visiting the mine--it is dangerous.
MOCCASIN POWER PLANT
This power plant is part of the Hetch Hetch system, and is the major landmark, along with the pipeline itself, in Moccasin. Water comes down from the top of the hill in the pipelines, goes through the power plant and into the small holding pond. It then continues its journey via pipeline to San Francisco.
Historic building, built in 1853, when fraternal orders like this one were often very important in people's lives.
YOSEMITE HIGHWAY 120 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Visitor information--brochures etc. for Yosemite National Park, Hetch Hetchy area, Groveland and Buck Meadows. Ranger from Yosemite typically available for consultation.