Small Towns: Copperopolis

Here’s one from our series on small towns in the foothills, with some highlights from our visits.

Named for the copper discovered here before the Civil War, Copperopolis lies in Calaveras County off O’Byrnes Ferry Road about a dozen miles from Angels Camp. Near Lake Tulloch and a flat-top ridge called Table Mountain, it’s perhaps best known for its public golf course. A retail and community center just off downtown—the Square at Copper Valley—is anchored by a brand-new inn, the 29-room Gateway Hotel, which occupies the clock tower building. Other businesses in the square include Gold Dust Pizza, Copper’s Ice Cream & Candy, Baldi’s (eatery and coffeehouse), Griff’s BBQ & Grill, The Tipsy Frog wine tasting bar and the recently opened Rawk Boutique.