Traveling all the way from the mines up north to Stockton was a long haul. Not only did the miners need a place to rest their head for a night, their horses and livestock did too. Stone Corral had the amenities a traveling miner needed. There was a hotel, large barn and many large stone corrals along the road.
Some years later the Stone Corral Community Church was built by members of the local Methodist Church and named it after the stone corrals. The church burned down in 1913 and was rebuilt at its present location.
Stone Corral Ranch is located on State Highway 26, 9.5 miles South of Valley Springs. It is a few miles south of Camanche Reservoir, which offers tons of recreational activities for the whole family!
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.