Murphy's Camp, Calaveras County, July 1853; quarter-plate by Isaac Wallace Baker

Collection of the Oakland Museum of California


One of the earliest and richest gold camps, Murphy's (as locals and miners, alike, popularly called the town) was a thriving community of several thousand when this daguerreotype was made. The town was named for John and Daniel Murphy, who found $1.5 million dollars in gold in the first year of the Gold Rush.

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