Camp O'pera, California

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Camp O'pera (also, Camp Opera)[1] is a former settlement and mining camp in Amador County, California. It was founded by Mexicans[1] in the summer of 1849 near French Camp,[2] southeast of Ione, California.[1]

By 1853, it was growing and by 1857 was at its height.[1] By the early 1860s, the town was in decline.[1] Camp O'pera was a reputed hideout for the infamous outlaw Joaquin Murieta.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Miller, Donald C. (1978). Ghost Towns of California. Boulder, Colorado: Pruett Publishing Company. p. 29. ISBN 0871085178.
  2. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 511. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.