Small Towns: Jamestown

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

The first place gold turned up in Tuolumne County, Jamestown has buildings on its Main Street dating back to the 1870s. Take the Walk of Fame from downtown to Railtown 1897 (a state park celebrating Western railroading and the film industry), and see medallions commemorating movies and television shows filmed in the area (including “Little House on the Prairie,” “Petticoat Junction” and “Unforgiven”). At The Service Station restaurant, a Jimtown roll makes for a mighty good sandwich or burger, and the back patio provides dog-friendly dining. The Joyful Heart Garden Center (temporarily closed) is a combination nursery, gallery and gift shop. Off of Main Street, Nest & Nook Boutique—which opened in October 2020—is filled with new and upcycled items including furniture, artwork and home décor, much of it in a rustic, farmhouse style. Finally, for the ride home, the Frosty shack at the edge of town pulls a towering soft-serve cone—a mini has two domes, a large goes five high.

jamestown flowers

jamestown rail staion

railtown 1897
Railtown 1897

movie seal