Wednesday, February 18, 2015

California Historical Landmark #262

California State Historical Landmark #262

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This landmark is located 15 miles northwest of Copperopolis via Rock Creek Road at the corner of County Road J14 and Plaza Street, Farmington, California in Calaveras County. There are 40 other California State Historical Landmarks in Calaveras County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 38° 01.920 W 120° 51.170.

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California Historical Landmark #262

Completion of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1871 marked the birth of the town of Milton. Named after Milton Latham, one of the railroad construction engineers, this town was the first in Calaveras County to have a railroad. Freight and passengers continued their journeys to other parts of Calaveras County by wagon and stagecoach.

There is little or nothing left of Milton. There is a Masonic Hall. The plaque in front of the building reads:

Keystone Lodge No. 161, F. & A.M. instituted in Copperopolis, Dec. 19, 1862, at the height of the copper mining boom. Moved, 1881, to Milton, the terminal of the Stockton & Copperopolis Railroad, which because of the collapse of copper mining, never reached its intended goal. Dedicated to the memory of those who sought to perpetuate the moral teachings of Freemasonry. To them we gratefully acknowledge our debt.

California Historical Landmark #262

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