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Douglas Flat CA Area Overview

Douglas Flat was a roaring mining camp of the early 1850s settled by Irish and Welsh immigrants.

Over the Parrotts Ferry Bridge bridge, as you turn onto Highway 4 going Northeast to Murphys, is Douglas Flat — 6.4 miles northwest of Angels Camp and 1.8 miles south of Murphys. It’s close to Natural Bridges Day Use Area, Murphys, Glory Hole Recreation Area, and New Melones Lake.

In 1854, miners had built a small building to serve as a church and town hall, and later served as a school. The town of Douglas Flat was small, and remains so today. By the 1860s, three stores had been established, including the Italian Store, a square stone building which still stands today.

Now Douglas Flat is home to a few wineries and restored historic structures. The community center is in the old schoolhouse, which was a school for 100 years from 1856 to 1956.