Mormon Tavern, California

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Mormon Tavern is a former stage stop in El Dorado County, California.[1] It was located on the emigrant road 0.5 miles (0.80 km) west of Clarksville.[1]

The place was founded in 1849.[1] It served as a stop on the Pony Express from 1860 to 1861.[1] There is no certain account of how the place got its name, which is quite incongruous: Mormons (Latter Day Saints) typically don't drink alcohol (as would be served in a tavern).

The site is now registered as California Historical Landmark #699.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 466. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  2. ^ "Mormon Tavern". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-07.