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Economic Development

In the Past….

Angels Camp began in 1848 as a gold mining camp and quickly developed into a significant gold mining town, a position it kept until World War II when the gold industry shut down. Mining and timber played a significant role until the 1980s. Property and construction became leading employers from the 1980s until the collapse of the building industry in 2006-2007. Throughout this period retail sales have been the number one employment opportunity in Angels Camp. Since the mid-20th century, tourism has grown steadily due to Angels Camp’s location at the intersection of highways 4 and 49 and as a base camp for the vast recreation opportunities of the Sierra Nevada.

Angels Camp was incorporated as the City of Angels in 1912 — the only incorporated city in Calaveras County — and is seen today, and in the County’s General Plan, as the commercial hub of the County.

Moving Forward…

Heritage Oaks Retail Commercial Site map

Heritage Oaks Retail Commercial Site map

  • National department store chain
  • Sports equipment & clothing
  • Specialty clothing & shoes
  • Boutique sports offerings
  • Office supplies
  • Gourmet cooking & equipment
  • Game shop
  • Craft & hobby
  • Household furnishings & gifts
  • Brew pub & sports bar
  • Restaurants & specialty dining
  • Additional hotel accommodations

Quick Links & Resources

  • Angels Camp Branding, Development and Marketing Action Plan 11/08
  • Retain Assessment Study, Buxton Company 12/10
  • Destination Angels Camp Economic Development Plan 1/13
  • Angels Camp General Plan