The town of Jesus Maria was named after a Mexican farmer who lived in the area and grew melons and vegetables for the local miners. It was the center for a significant placer mining section. Many of the miners were of various backgrounds mostly consisting of Chileans, French, Italian and Mexicans.
Today, Jesus Maria consists of a few families that contribute to a large community garden and a windmill to pump water.
The historical marker is located on Jesus Maria Road, County Road 27 (Milepost 10.2); 4.9 Miles Southeast of Mokelumne Hill. On your way, be sure to visit Petroglyphe Gallery in Mokelumne Hill, it is full of contemporary artists from North America. There are also numerous Historical Landmarks in this area such as, Big Bar and Middle Bar. Don't forget about whitewater rafting on the Mokelumne River!
Along with Mark Twain’s famous "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" story that spun into an annual fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee, Calaveras County is rich with Gold Rush history and folklore. Remnants of the railroads and Hispanic culture add to the charm of the county located in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Calaveras Big Trees State Park, a preserve of Giant Sequoia trees, and the uncommon gold telluride mineral Calaverite was discovered in the county in 1861, and is named for it.