City of Angels Camp
Was it Henry or George Angel after whom Angels Camp was named in 1848? Authorities disagree, but odds are with Henry, the town's first store keeper.
In 1849 nearly 4,000 miners camped in the one mile area from Angels Creek to Utica Park.
The cry of "gold" brought the miners and within a few years local areas were worked out of surface gold and Placer Mining had all but ceased when, as tradition states, Bennegar Rasberry's muzzle loader jammed. He fired the rifle into the ground where the ramrod split a stone to reveal the glittering gold inside and Quartz Mining began in Angels Camp.
The main quartz vein extended from southern Altaville to Angels Creek and all along Main Street were the mines: the Sultana, the Angels, the Lightner, the Utica, and the Stickle.
Ore was pushed by hand cars over tracks from the mines to the mills where the "crash" of over 200 stamps was produced each day during the mining peak for the 1880's and 90's. It has been said that when the last stamp mill ceased operating, the town was so quiet that people could not sleep.
The estimated gross recovery of gold from the 5 mines from 1886 to 1910 was $19,985,747...and Angels Creek ran chalky white from the mill wastes.
Angels began as a tent town with many flimsy wooden structures and in 1855, the first fire took its toll by destroying almost everything from Angels Camp to St. Patrick's Church.
In rebuilding, many structures were built of rock with iron doors and roofs insulated with dirt and sand. Most of these building are standing today. The rest were again destroyed and rebuilt with only a handful of the original in evidence.
Mining continued until the last, the Gold Cliff shaft of the Utica Mining Company, closed in 1942. With the need for metal during World War II, most of the mining machinery was sold for scrap and now only a few concrete foundations and mill works remain of the Gold Rush Days in Angels Camp.
State-mandated 25 percent reduction in water use from 2013
The City appreciates the efforts put forth by residents and businesses to conserve water in 2014. This year, the City requests additional and continued water conservation efforts. If everyone saves a little, together we will save a lot.
The State has imposed water use restrictions on local water agencies like the City in response to the serious and pervasive drought. We are asking all of our customers to conserve water in any manner that is feasible. Additionally, the City Council passed a resolution that mandates limits on outdoor irrigation of landscaping (e.g. shrubbery, flowers and plants not grown for human consumption) or turf to no more than two days per week (Resolution 15-21).
Everyone, including commercial and industrial businessness, residents and schools, must use the following water schedule:
If you have an off-numbered address, you may water on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
If you have an even-numbered address, you may water on Wednesdays and Sundays.
No watering is allowed on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.
The restrictions will be in effect through February 2016, unless otherwise extended. These watering rules will be enforced by the City pursuant to its water wasting enforcement ordinance, which starts with education and cooperation but then increases to fines that will be added to your water bill (Ordinance 14.90.040). The State has also created regulations that may be used by the City for enforcement. Furthermore, if the City cannot comply with the State-imposed restrictions, then the City may be fined, which could have an effect on future water rates.
The City realizes that these restrictions negatively affect everyone in the community and thank you for your continued efforts to conserve during this time period. If anyone has questions, please call the City at 7-209-736-2181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education and cooperation is our first goal, but the following enforcement prodedures and charges will be followed for water waste:
First Water Waste: City will leave an information sheet describing the waste so that it may be corrected.
Second Water Waste: City will give written notice requiring corrective action. *Within five days of first water waste.
Third Water Waste: City will give written notice and a $35 charge will be added to the next utilty bill. *Within five days of second notice.
Fourth and Subsequent Water Wastes: City will give written notice and a $75 charge will be added to the next utility bill and the city may require a water flow restrictor to be installed at the waster's expense. *Within 10 days of the previous water waste.
Tips to reduce water use:
• Use a broom to clean outdoor areas
• Fix leaky faucets and toilets promptly
• Water plants early in the morning
• Plant drought-tolerant trees and plants
• Cover pools and spas to reduce evaporation. Avoid overflows and splashes by reducing water levels.
• Wash cars efficiently. Wash car at a car wash, which recycles water. If washing at home, use a shut-off nozzle, and wash in small sections. Direct runoff to water landscaping.
• Monitor your water bill and meter to determine unusually high use and possible leaks
• Be on the lookout for leaks and problems with plumbing and irrigation equipment
• Run the washing machine and the dishwasher for full loads only to save water and energy.
The city has implemented water conservation measures on all City-owned properties. Irrigation has been significantly reduced at parks. Efforts are underway to install low-flow fixtures wherever it is feasible.
Visit the City’s website – www.angelscamp.gov – for future updates on the State’s water conservation regulations.