Tuolumne City, California

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Tuolumne (or Tuolumne City) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Tuolumne County, California, United States. The population was 1,865 at the 2000 census.



The area is known for a history of logging operations. Remnants of logging railroads are still present in the area. In the 1970s, there was a plan to open a park which was centered on narrow gauge live steam equipment. It was to feature restored locomotives from the logging operation here.

The plan was led by Herbert Reichhold who envisioned transforming the town of Tuolumne into a "Railroad Theme Park". To this end he began purchasing many properties in the town. However he lost his vision on the death of his wife and the plans never moved forward.

Unlike the rest of Tuolumne County, Tuolumne City was not in the Bell System/SBC service area. Tuolumne Telephone Company provided service to this area. Wired telephone numbers in the Tuolumne City Central Office follow the pattern (209) 928-xxxx.

There are three schools: Summerville Elementary with grades K-8, Motherlode Christian School with grades K-12, and Summerville High School with grades 9-12. Summerville High School also hosts Toulumne County's Connections Arts School for grades 7-12.

A logging company town, Tuolumne City experienced an economic down-turn when the Westside Lumber Mill closed. For many years the community has struggled to create a new economic base. In recent years the Tuolumne Band of MiWuk Indians has contributed new growth in this hamlet with revenues from nearby Black Oak Casino, which is owned and operated by the tribe. A new medical clinic and a new library are a few recent improvements. Another addition has been the renovation of the Tuolumne City Museum on Carter St.

Once known as the two towns of "Summerville"[1] in the south and "Cartersville"[2] in the north, Tuolumne City has incorporated them both into one town and now has a loyal citizen base who work diligently to revive its community life. A new municipal advisory council has been established to help with this revival.

Tuolumne is the also the birthplace of the Vaudevillian performer and hipster comedian Lord Buckley, born Richard Myrle Buckley, April 5, 1906.


Tuolumne is located at 37°57′42″N 120°14′13″W / 37.96167°N 120.23694°W / 37.96167; -120.23694 (37.961785, -120.236851).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.1 km²), of which, 2.3 square miles (6.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.85%) is water.

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