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Nestled in the Sierra Nevada, due east of San Francisco, there's a small paradise which only a few have discovered - Tuolumne County!

Tuolumne County has a lot to offer. It's the Gateway to Yosemite National Park and is comprised of small historic communities rich in their heritage of gold and lumber. There are California state and county parks such as Columbia and Railtown 1897 along with forests. There are cultural and arts centers, excellent schools, and a vast assortment of recreational activities. It provides for an outstanding quality of life. With its reliable work force and millions of tourists each year, Tuolumne County is a haven for new businesses.

Located here is a potpourri of information about Tuolumne County so that you may get to know the area a bit better. Don't forget to visit the links page to visit the Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau, the local newspaper, info about local schools, and much more. Enjoy!


Tuolumne County is rich in history. It was discovered in June 1848 when Benjamin Wood of Clapstop County, Oregon, brought a contingent of miners looking for gold. They found it at Wood's Diggings (later called Wood's Crossing, now Jamestown)! In the spring of 1849, a San Franciso lawyer came to Wood's Crossing to open a saloon and emporium. Treating the miners to champagne, the miners renamed the town in honor of Col. George James. He later left town in the middle of the night to avoid paying debts he owed miners.

Gold is still being discovered in Jamestown, Columbia, and other former gold camps. There are businesses located in the county who will help you find it. To discover more about Tuolumne County, visit my links page and click on the Visitors Bureau and History Museum banners and don't forget to visit our newspaper, the Union-Democrat, for up-to-date info about Tuolumne County.