Mormon Island

Mormon Island (HMBJC)

Location: Folsom, CA 95630 Sacramento County
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N 38° 41.957', W 121° 7.654'

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Early in 1848 W. Sidney S. Willis (ES) and Wilford Hudson, members of the Mormon Battalion, set out from Sutter's Fort to hunt deer. Stopping on the South Fork of the American River, they found gold. They told their story on returning to the Fort and soon about 150 Mormons and other miners flocked to the site, which was named "Mormon Island". This was the first major gold strike in California after James W. Marshall's discovery at Coloma. The population of the town in 1853 was more than 2500. It had four hotels, three dry goods stores, five general merchandise stores, an express office and many small shops. The first ball in Sacramento County was held here, December 25, 1849. A fire destroyed the town in 1856 and it was never rebuilt. It's site, one-half mile east of here, was inundated by Folsom Lake in 1955.
Series This marker is part of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers series
Marker Number240
Year Placed1957
Placed BySacramento County Daughters of Utah Pioneers, in cooperation with California State Park Commission
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 10:27pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 662827 N 4285070
Decimal Degrees38.69928333, -121.12756667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 41.957', W 121° 7.654'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 41' 57.42" N, 121° 7' 39.24" W
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Area Code(s)916, 408
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 536-542 Unnamed Road, Folsom CA 95630, US
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