Murphys, California

Populated place


St. Patrick's Church

Photo HABS/HAER 1934, courtesy Library of Congress




Post office dates: Nov. 6, 1851-Present

"MURPHYS - One of the principal mining communities in Calaveras County, Murphys was named for the discoverer of gold on the flat in 1849. The objective of many immigrants coming over the Sierras by Ebbetts Pass, Murphys Flat and surrounding mines produced 20,000,000 dollars in gold. Early regulations restricted claims to 8 ft. square. A suspension flume conveying water across Murphys Creek and drainage race draining the flat were two outstanding accomplishments of early day miners. The business portion of town was destroyed by fire August 20, 1859. Joaquin Murieta bandit, is said to have begun his murderous career here. Calaveras Light Guards recruiting for Civil War, organized here on May 4, 1861." - California Historic Landmark No.275

Update Log 

  • July 28, 2022: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • March 30, 2019: New photo from Richard Doody
  • March 27, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Add historical information