Telegraph City, California

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Coordinates: 37°56′04″N 120°44′24″W / 37.93444°N 120.74000°W / 37.93444; -120.74000

Telegraph City
Telegraph City is located in California
Telegraph City
Telegraph City
Location in California
Telegraph City is located in the United States
Telegraph City
Telegraph City
Telegraph City (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°56′04″N 120°44′24″W / 37.93444°N 120.74000°W / 37.93444; -120.74000
CountryUnited States
CountyCalaveras County
Elevation653 ft (199 m)

Telegraph City was an unincorporated town in Calaveras County, California. It lies at an elevation of 653 feet (199 m). First named Grasshopper City when it was started in the early 1860s, it was renamed in the 1870s for its location on the telegraph line between Stockton and Sonora.[2][3] A post office operated here from 1862 to 1894.[2]

The town had copper mining nearby, and was the location of a large sheep and cattle ranching operation.[4][5][3] The site is now abandoned, though fieldstone walls and foundations remain.[6]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Telegraph City, California
  2. ^ 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. 836. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ a b Martin, Judith; Costello, Julia; Manna, Salvatore (2009). Angels Camp and Copperopolis. San Francisco: Arcadia Publishing. p. 48. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  4. ^ Koeppel, Elliot H. (1996). The California Gold Country Or Highway 49 Revisited. United States: Malakoff & Company Pub. p. 98.
  5. ^ "Telegraph City, Foothill Copper Belt, Calaveras Co., California, USA".
  6. ^ "Telegraph City". Calaveras Enterprise.

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