E Clampus Vitus

E Clampus Vitus (HMKXJ)

Location: Murphys, CA 95247 Calaveras County
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N 38° 8.265', W 120° 27.924'

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During the Gold Rush Days of California the organization known as E Clampus Vitas flourished throughout the gold diggings. It was sort of a parody of the solemn and mysterious fraternal orders then so popular in the states. Every member held an office of equal indignity. It was said that E Clampus Vitus existed for the purpose of promoting the welfare of widows and orphans, especially the widows. Early newspaper articles prove their deeds actually did aid needy families. Primarily, however, it was a fun organization and the antics and glorious spirit of early-day clampers lightened the cares of the Gold Rush Days and made the old frontiers ring with laughter.

Reborn in 1931
Resuscitated by Carl I. Wheat, Geo. Ezra Dane and Leon Whitsell.
The purpose of the revived order is to cultivate interest in the
history of California and have fun in the process.
The first revived chapter was Yerba Buena No.1, San Francisco.
Other chapters that have come into existence are, in chronological order:
Piatrix Chapter No.2, Los Angeles · James W. Marshall No.49, Placerville · Estanislao Chapter No.58, Oakdale · Matuca Chapter No.1849, Sonora · Las Plumas Del Oro Chapter, Qunicy · William Bull Meek Chapter No. 10 · William Morris Stewart Chapter No.8591 · Wm. Bull Meek - WD Morris Chapter, Grass Valley · James Savage Chapter No. 1852, Fresno · Snowshoe Thompson Chapter, Markleeville · Squibob Chapter No. 1853, San Diego · Peter Lebeck Chapter No.1866, Bakersfield · Downie Chapter No.1849, Downieville · Trinitarianus Chapter, Weaverville · Julia C. Bulette No.1864, Virginia City · Monterey Viejo Chapter, Monterey · Sam Brannan Chapter No. 1004, Yuba City · Chief Truckee Chapter No.3691, Truckee · Argonaut Chapter, San Francisco · Bodie Chapter No.64, Bridgeport · Pair O Dice Chapter, Paradise
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series, and the More Than Words series.
Placed ByE Clampus Vitus
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 6:00am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 722131 N 4224134
Decimal Degrees38.13775000, -120.46540000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 8.265', W 120° 27.924'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 8' 15.90" N, 120° 27' 55.44" W
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Area Code(s)209
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 529 Sheep Ranch Rd, Murphys CA 95247, US
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