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Encyclopedia > Moccasin, California

Moccasin, an unincorporated town in Tuolumne County, California, is located at the intersection of California State Route 49 and California State Route 120. The community is sited on the shore of Moccasin Reservoir at the edge of Lake Don Pedro. The US Postal Service ZIP Code for the area is 95347. Numbers of wired telephones in the Moccasin central office follow the format (209) 989-2xxx. Before the 1980s, Moccasin telephone calls were switched by a step-by-step Community Dial Office. The town is home to a State of California Resources Agency, Department of Fish and Game fish hatchery. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Tuolumne County is a county located in the U.S. state of Californias Sierra Nevada. ... California State Route 49 (also known as the Gold Country Highway) is a scenic highway in the California Gold Country that passes through the historic mining communities of the 1849 California gold rush. ... California State Route 120, in northern California, is the end of the freeways heading east from the San Francisco Bay Area. ... In the field of telecommunications, a central office or telephone exchange houses equipment that is commonly known as simply a switch, which is a piece of equipment that connects phone calls. ...

A fire July 3, 2006, burned 1,998 acres near Moccasin Powerhouse according to the California Department of Forestry. The three million dollar fire involved 40 engines, 4 helicopters, and 9 bulldozers. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) is the State of Californias agency responsible for the administration of the states private and public forests. ...


Hetch Hetchy Relationship

A company town, Moccasin is entirely owned by the City and County of San Francisco. Homes are used for employees who work on the Hetch Hetchy system. Most buildings are painted the same color and homes in the community look similar as a result. There are no stores or gas station. A company town is a town or city in which most or all real estate, buildings (both residential and commercial), utilities, hospitals, small businesses such as grocery stores and gas stations, and other necessities or luxuries of life within its borders are owned by a single company. ... “San Francisco” redirects here. ...

Construction on the original Moccasin Powerhouse was started in Fall 1921. The facility was completed and began generating power on August 14, 1925. The original powerhouse was removed from operation February 7, 1969. Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ...

The present-day Moccasin Powerhouse, was completed and placed in operation January 27, 1969. The facility's rated capacity is 100,000 KVA and there is a second 3,000 KVA generator called Moccasin Low Head Generating Plant, (completed 1986). The town site is a significant facility along the Hetch Hetchy pipeline system. is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... In the United States the term (Volt-amps) in Electrical terms, means watts. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...


During the Gold Rush, the locale was a stage coach stop on Big Oak Flat Road. A covered bridge was built to allow crossing of Moccasin Creek during the wet season. There was a mining camp along Moccasin Creek and east of town along Priest Grade. Robberies were frequent during years when gold miners were successful in the area. [1] The California Gold Rush (1848–1855) began on January 24, 1848, when gold was discovered at Sutters Mill. ... California State Route 120, in northern California, is the end of the freeways heading east from the San Francisco Bay Area. ...

Priest Grade and Old Priest Grade

Immediately east of town, State Route 120 climbs from about 910 feet AMSL elevation to about 2,450 feet at Priest Station, California, over a distance of six miles. Old Priest Grade, a narrower road and predecessor to the current route of SR120, covers the same change in elevation over about 2.7 miles. It is common to see vehicles with smoking brakes descending the old grade. During summer, ambient temperatures can be in the 90~100°F range. In these temperatures, many vehicles overheat climbing the old grade. Locals tell stories of car accidents in history where the vehicles left the path of Old Priest Grade and tumbled into Grizzly Gulch. The hillsides are sturdy chapparal with thick vegetation. The terrain was so difficult that, in a few cases, the cars and bodies were not retrieved, some locals claim.


  1. ^ Paden, Irene and Margaret D. Schlictmann, The Big Oak Flat Road, (Oakland, California: Emil P Schlictmann, 1955).

External links

  • Pictures of Moccasin
  • California Department of Fish and Game Trout Hatchery
  • California Rainfall Data for Moccasin
  • Maps and aerial photos for 37°48′39″N 120°17′56″W / 37.81083, -120.29889Coordinates: 37°48′39″N 120°17′56″W / 37.81083, -120.29889



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