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Historic Site or District
Historic Red Church, downtown Sonora

Sonora, the County Seat, is located just 3 miles from Jamestown on Highway 49. At an elevation of 1,825 feet, Sonora is a colorful, bustling little city and is the market center for a large area. An air of progressive commercialism has been superimposed on this one-time rowdy mining camp.

Many relics from its flamboyant past remain, including a large collection of Victorian homes, many of which are now bed and breakfasts.

Sonora is also the junction of Highways 49 and 108. The city hosts the Mother Lode Roundup every Mother's Day weekend the second largest and one of the oldest parades in California.

The St. James Church which is painted a dark red was built in 1859 and is said to be the oldest Episcopal church of frame construction in California. It is registered as No. 139 in the California Historical Landmarks. Many of the businesses are housed in buildings over 100 years old.

Time Period Represented

California Gold Rush through early 1900s