History of Copperopolis
Copperopolis, originally known as Copper Canyon was founded in 1860. It provided most of the metal for the shells and bullets of the Union Army during the Civil War. The ore was taken to Stockton, shipped downriver to San Francisco, put on sailing ships and taken around Cape Horn, where they finally arrived at smelters in Boston, and Philadelphia.
Enjoying great prosperity between 1860 and 1867 the population grew to 10,000, much larger then any of the nearby gold camps. At the end of the war, the price of copper dropped to 19 cents a pound compared to 55 cents during the war. This forced closure of many of the mines and population dwindled.
Copperopolis history includes the infamous outlaw, Black Bart. Black Bart began his career robbing the Sonora-Milton express coach on July 26, 1875. He brought the loot to his home just four miles east of Main Street in Copperopolis.
Once the second largest national producer of copper, 19 million pounds in the civil war era. Copperopolis is now a quiet foothill town, at an elevation of 997 ft. “Copper” is where you will find one of the top ten PGA golf courses in Northern California, Saddle Creek. Just outside of town is Lake Tulloch with 55 miles of shoreline and the Lake Tulloch Resort. Copperopolis is the perfect place stay while you enjoy boating and water sports. For more about Lake Tulloch visit the destination guide.
The current population is 2,363. Copperopolis has a variety of shops and dining destinations in the town square with more to come.
Forty miles directly east of Stockton on meandering highway 4, Copperopolis is to the west of New Melones Lake. On the northeast of New Melones, further up highway four, is Angels Camp. The Tuolumne/Calaveras border runs through the New Melones Reservior and by taking Obyrns Ferry Road you can get to Highway 108. The climate is moderate with cool winters with out snow, and warm summers.
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