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Groveland
OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL
Historic Catholic Church.
For a LOT more info: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel






Groveland
COMMUNITY HALL, GROVELAND
Historic building, built 1918.
For a little more info: Community Hall, Groveland






Groveland
GAMBLE BUILDING
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 original construction.
For a little more info: Gamble Building






Groveland
GROVELAND JAIL
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.
For a little more info: Groveland Jail
HOURS: Always open.
OPEN NOW






Groveland
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.
For a little more info: Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum






Groveland
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.
For a little more info: Historical Marker Big Oak Flat






Groveland
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..."
For a little more info: Historical Marker Groveland






Groveland
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.






Groveland
LIBRARY--GROVELAND BRANCH OF COUNTY LIBRARY
Public library, with some historical collection.






Groveland
LONGFELLOW MINE
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.
For a little more info: Longfellow Mine






Groveland
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.






Groveland
ODDFELLOWS HALL
Historic building, built in 1853, when fraternal orders like this one were often very important in people's lives.






Groveland
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.