Mokelumne City, California

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Mokelumne City
Former settlement
CountryUnited States
CountySan Joaquin County
Reference no.162[1]

Mokelumne City (California Historical Landmark #162) is a ghost town in San Joaquin County, California, United States. Mokelumne, established in 1850, was the second largest town in San Joaquin County until it was destroyed by the floods of 1862.[2]

Mokelumne City arose as a rival trade centre to Stockton in 1850, near the mouth of the Cosumnes River, at the confluence of the Cosumnes and Mokelumne Rivers. Sloops built there ran direct to San Francisco. It rose to poll 172 votes, but the Great Flood of 1862 so ravaged the place that it never recovered.[3]

The site of the former city is located about 14 miles north-west of Lodi, California. It is 200 feet north of the intersection of Cameron Road and Thornton Road, 3 miles north of Thornton, California.


  1. ^ "Mokelumne City". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
  2. ^ Hubert Howe Bancroft, History of California: 1848-1859, The History Company, San Francisco, 1888, p.513 note (Pac News, May 2, Aug. 28, 1850.)
  3. ^ Bancroft, History of California: 1848-1859, p.513 note

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Coordinates: 38°15′11″N 121°26′21″W / 38.25306°N 121.43917°W / 38.25306; -121.43917