Copperopolis according to our research never had a Post
Office. Although in
The community of Briggs was a mile and a half to the south on Castle Creek. Lehman Mill was one and a half miles to the north of Copperopolis. Between Copperopolis and Briggs was the UFO Mine which has been disassembled with only tailing piles as grim evidence of its existence. From the remains this looked to be a large mine and was more current that others in the area.
Copperopolis building 2006
Photo by: Neal Du Shane
When I visited Copperopolis in 2006, the best way to reach
it is to come up Castle Creek. After coming out of Castle Creek you travel
approximately one third mile and come to a “Y” in the road, stay to the right
and precede approximately one half mile and your standing in the
Marker of Annie May
Photo and enhancement by: Neal Du Shane © 2007
According to Betty Hastings, Annie May was the sister of Newt
White who was a pillar of the area at Champie Ranch, Humbug, Columbia, Tip Top
and as far away as Cordes. In later years Newt was the caretaker for Humbug and
is buried there. Annie May White, grave is the only remaining grave visible at
Annie May Whites grave – Copperopolis Mine tailing pile in distance
Photo by: Neal Du Shane © 2007
Today all that remains is the Copperopolis Mine tailing pile on the far mountain side, a well that’s used for watering cattle by a local rancher. And a few remains of stone walls from former structures. It’s not known if these were homes or mining buildings, most likely a combination of both.
Copperopolis Structure c. 2007
Photo by: Bruce Colbert © 2007
Road to Copperopolis c. 2006
Pilot Gary Grant, Photo by: Neal Du Shane © 2006
At these remote Ghost Towns, old mines the Pioneer Cemeteries which in most cases is the only evidence that remains of the history of the residents that lived and died near the old mines and towns are being lost to future historians without your assistance. APCRP continues our research on these sites. If you would like to adopt this or any other cemetery for restoration and maintenance let us know. If you would like to assist in this project let us know.
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