Ferretti Shrine

Reminiscent of the shrines found along the roadways in Italy, the Ferretti Shrine was built by Joseph Cavagnaro in 1884 for his neighbor, Guiseppe Ferretti, a pioneer in the Moccasin Creek area. The shrine built of rock still stands and the niche was intended to house a statue of St. Joseph. Statues have been replaced in the shrine from time to time when they have disappeared. The shrine is listed as both a County and State Historical Landmark.

Located within a mile of the intersection of Highways 120 and 49 at Moccasin, it can be reached by turning onto Moccasin Creek Road and following it to the culdesac terminous.

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Latitude: 37.8193616 Longitude: -120.3194976 Elevation: 833 ft

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The shrine also marks where water was piped from the spring where travelers could stop to get water. The spring remains in the vicinity today.

Time Period Represented

Late 1800's

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Thank you for the information. The Ferretti Shrine, Moccasin Creek Rd (Old Hwy 49) will be the featured cite on an upcoming local church bulletin. The bulletin has featured entry-paths to Tuolumne County. After this bulletin (probably in January or February), I’ll be looking for other points-of-interest.

Orley Ryals , 11/2/2016

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