calaveras county

The “Lady in White” of the mining town of Vallecito, in Calaveras County, California. The story goes that an ill young woman arrived here by stage in the late 1850s on her way to Sacramento to meet up with her lover. The ravages of travel, malnutrition, and lack of water had taken their toll on the woman and although townsfolk tried their best to save her, she soon perished. When the bag she had been carrying was examined, among the various belongings was found an immaculate, laced, brand new white dress that was speculated to have been her wedding dress. The dead woman was dressed in the dress and buried at Campo Santo nearby the stage station. Since that time, the ghostly woman has been often seen on moonless nights wandering around the town in her white dress. Although this ghost is not known to be malicious, she is reported to instill a distinct sense of unease and fear in those that see her.

Lorenzo A. Barnes (Artemus L. Benjamin - given name).  (1900)

“Old Batch” , a Mexican War veteran, arrived in California in 1850 to take part in the gold rush.  He settled in Calaveras County where he lived near Natural Bridges.  Old Batch would often give tours to people on their way to Big Trees State Park.

This photo was taken at  the 1900 reunion of Native Sons in San Francisco

Calaveras Big Trees. Bob Salton and George Haas in the opening through the ‘Pioneers’ Cabin’.  W.H. Wirt, photographer (1933)

George F. Haas was born in Westport, Mendocino County. In 1933, hitchhiked to Calaveras Big Trees State Park where he was employed. By 1934, Haas became head park ranger, serving until 1935. While working here, he compiled history from original settlers to region into book, Guide to the Calaveras Big Trees.

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