|Mural in town, showing Twain holding a frog|
This small Gold Rush town in northern California is also known as Frogtown, because Mark Twain based his short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," on a story heard here in 1865. The hotel where he heard it still stands. PETA members, please don't read this story.
Each May, Angels Camp hosts a jumping frog contest, and a plaque gets laid in the sidewalk for each year's winner.
|I think this is the biggest jump I saw, at 19'11"|
|This one is a wink-wink, based on the story|
The town is sweet to wander through and straddles a beautiful creek.
It has an arts center.
And of course it has to have a saloon.
And not too far away, a Barrel of Monkeys, described as "If you were given $5,000 and told to open your own version of John's Incredible Pizza":
Built on a hill, Angels Camp has many staircases that link parallel streets:
And statues throughout town celebrate the froglike history.
It's worth a visit! The jumping frog jubilee is always the third weekend in May; here's a link. The Mark Twain story is also reprinted in its entirety at that site.
Fun fact: the town isn't angelic; it's named for early founder Henry Angell (no one could spell in the 1800s).
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