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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Old Timers Museum Walking Tours Are Every Saturday at 10am.
Murphys, CA...Each Saturday morning the Old Timers Museum in Murphys offers a historical walking tour of Murphys. No reservation necessary. Meet at the Museum, 470 Main St, Murphys, across from the Hotel 10 am. Walk is 1-1/12 hours.

A stroll down tree-lined Main Street transports visitors back to the mid-1800s with buildings bearing thick stone walls, iron shutters and pastoral gardens with white picket fences. Once you experience the charm and hospitality of Murphys, the historic “Queen of the Sierra”, you’ll want to come back again and again!

Rich in Gold Rush History, Murphys today is a vibrant, thriving community of over 2,000 residents. Many of the surrounding hillsides are rich with the fine wine grapes grown in our area. Murphys offers wineries, art galleries, live theater, eclectic shops, fine restaurants, charming hotels and B&B’s as well as a multitude of outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities.

Murphys’ colorful past came alive in 1848 when John and Daniel Murphy established a trading post and gold mining operation in the area that is now their namesake. True entrepreneurs with the luck of the Irish, they were a part of the very first immigrant party – the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy families – to successfully bring wagons over the Sierra in 1844, paving the way for westward migration. John and Daniel’s cries of “Gold!” were among the first heard in California. It is reported that the brothers took two million dollars in gold ore from the Murphys Diggins in one year’s time, making them millionaires before the age of 25. The sizzling Gold Rush camp of Murphys also played host to President Grant, Mark Twain and Black Bart. And in some circles, to an even more famous chap – a young, inquisitive lad who literally changed the scientific world, Dr. Albert Michelson.

Our friendly residents invite you to revisit the past while exploring the “new” upscale Murphys. Guided walking tours of the town’s many historic buildings including the home of Albert Michelson, the first American Nobel Prize winner, are conducted every Saturday at 10:00 a.m., starting in front of the Old Timers Museum on Main Street.
05:00 PM Lake Camanche's 2nd Annual Winter Wonderland Lighted Boat Parade
Ione, CA...Lake Camanche's 2nd Annual Winter Wonderland Lighted Boat Parade. December 29th 5:00 PM. Bring the Kids, Parents, Friends and Neighbors! Enter Your Boat or Just Come to View the Lighted Boat Parade!

Boat Parade Safety Rules & Regulations
$10.00 registration fee (Cash Pot Award for top 2 boats in their category)

Top 3 Best Decorated Boats in two categories (over 25' & under 25') will receive prizes
FREE gate entry for registered entries after 1:30 pm on Saturday, 12/29/18 to decorate boats
FREE gate entry for spectators after 3pm

Land spectators bring your chairs and blankets.

The Boat Parade will launch from North Shore.
Special EBMUD permits for night boating will be given at the gate for all participating boat owners.
Quagga Mussel inspection & form must be completed at the gate.
Sign off of safety rules by participants at the gate. Boat decorating commences at 1:30pm 12/29/18.
Pre-registering is available by calling 209-763-5121 or emailing Terry at
To participate boats must be legally registered, have navigation running lights and be equipped with enough PFDs onboard for the number of passengers present on their boat.
All boats on the water not participating in the parade are welcome to watch but must be anchored.
All boat entries must be ready to shove off by 4:00 pm. Staging will begin at 4:30pm.
The parade will start at 5pm. Once the parade has left the marina there will be no late launching.
For the protection of all participants, all boats must follow single file behind the CRC SS Samantha.
The last boat in line will be CRC SS Gracie which will be at the end of the boat entries, again for safety.
Please, no kayaks, jet boats or jet skies.

Prizes for best decorated top 3 boats over 25’ and prizes for best decorated top 3 boats under 25’. Top finisher in each category split cash pot from entry fees.
Family-friendly decorations only
Weather Permitting

All registered, decorated boat entries will receive a gift certificate for a Free Day Use & Boat entry for a future date.

Call to register your boat today: 209-763-5121 or email Terry at
Those coming to watch and enjoy the parade do not need to register..

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