Camanche, California

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Former settlement
Camanche is located in California
Location in California
Coordinates: 38°12′48″N 120°56′07″W / 38.21333°N 120.93528°W / 38.21333; -120.93528
CountryUnited States
CountyCalaveras County
Elevation220 ft (67 m)
Reference no.254[2]

Camanche (originally, Limerick; also, Clay's Bar)[3] is a former settlement in Calaveras County, California. Located at an elevation of 220 feet (67 m), the town was once called Limerick before it was renamed to Camanche (after Camanche, Iowa) in 1849.

Gold mining at nearby Cat Camp, Poverty Bar, and Sand Hill brought its population to a peak of 1,500. Mokelumne River water was brought in by Lancha Plana and Poverty Bar Ditch. A fire on June 21, 1873, destroyed Camanche's large Chinatown. Buhach, an insect powder made from a plant, was manufactured on the nearby Hill Ranch. Camanche is now inundated by Camanche Reservoir.

The settlement is registered as California Historical Landmark #254.[2]

A post office was opened in Clay's Bar in 1861 and renamed Camanche in 1864 before closing in 1886; it was re-established in 1887 and closed for good in 1962.[3]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Camanche, California
  2. ^ a b "Camanche". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-06.
  3. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 753. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.