Lost City, California

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Coordinates: 38°05′12″N 120°44′59″W / 38.08667°N 120.74972°W / 38.08667; -120.74972

Lost City
Lost City is located in California
Lost City
Lost City
Location in California
Lost City is located in the United States
Lost City
Lost City
Lost City (the United States)
Coordinates: 38°05′12″N 120°44′59″W / 38.08667°N 120.74972°W / 38.08667; -120.74972
CountryUnited States
CountyCalaveras County
Elevation1,053 ft (321 m)

Lost City (formerly Stone City and Stone Creek Settlement) is an unincorporated community in Calaveras County, California, 11 miles (18 km) from Angels Camp along Bear Creek. It lies at an elevation of 1053 feet (321 m). Lost City was constructed in the 1870s by Eugene Barbe.[2] It consists of roughly one dozen stone buildings, which may have been an early Icarian commune (followers of the utopian socialist ideals of Etienne Cabet).[2] The settlement was abandoned by 1896, though a few walls of the original dry-laid field stone buildings remain.[2][3] The ruins are currently on private land.[2]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lost City, California
  2. ^ a b c d "CAL FIRE Archaeology Program: Archaeological Investigations at Lost City, Calaveras County, California". calfire.ca.gov/. Cal Fire. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  3. ^ Pisio, Rick. "Lost City Ruins". RWP Photography. Retrieved 22 July 2015.

Further reading[edit]

  • Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 797. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.