Tuolumne County Profile - Community Indicators Project 2008
Tuolumne County Profile Introduction Health and Safety Education and the Arts Natural Resources and Recreation Economy and Infrastructure Appendices Conclusion Acknowledgements

Heritage & Its Impact

Why is this important?

Historic Highway 49, the Golden Chain Highway, winds through Tuolumne County connecting us to other Mother Lode communities. Much of Yosemite National Park is within our boundaries. These attractions and many more, draw a steady stream of visitors who enjoy discovering the various aspects of our history and culture.

What is the measure?

We provide attendance records for several museums, noting that only those who sign the registers are counted.

Mother’s Day weekend features the annual Mother Lode Roundup and Rodeo which draws participants from well beyond our county borders.

We delineate attendance at two State Historic Parks: (1) Railtown l897 State Historic Park that features rides, a roundhouse, and trains, and (2) Columbia State Historic Park, a preserved Gold Rush town that offers many interpretive exhibits, living history and year-round activities and events.

Tuolumne County’s abundance of historic buildings and places is documented by numerous plaques and monuments that mark significant historical locations.

How are we doing?

Attendance at our museums reflects mixed participation, with the majority of attendees being from out-of-town. Volunteer register sign-ins indicate decreased attendance at the County Museum, and growth at the others.

Historic Park attendance is decreasing, although Columbia State Historic Park recovered some of its audience in 2007. Inclement weather may be the cause of low participation in the 2005 Rodeo.

Stage Coach

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park Attendance


Source(s): California State Park System Statistical Report
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=23308

Columbia State Historic Park Attendance


Source(s): California State Park System Statistical Report
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=23308

Community Indicators Project
Tuolumne County - Central Sierra Mountains