Angels Camp, at the highest elevation on the Gorre & Daphetid RR, has a
Wild West atmosphere. Cowboys on horses and a covered wagon can be
Nearby, across an impressive
stone arch bridge, is the site of
Butler Mines. Its tempting to
think silver or gold may have
been mined at this location. The
presence of an ore car suggests
that ore is shipped out in
substantial quantity. The mine is
also a destination for timber.
Cars loaded with timber await
their use for shoring up the mineshafts.
Butler Mines is at the eastern end of the perhaps soon to be finished Great
Devil’s Gulch Bridge. A survey crew can be seen at work on the stub end of
the girder bridge.
On the partially completed layout Angels Camp does not have regular train
service. The station was not built until quite late. It had the same "Witch's
Hat" design as the stations at Squawbottom and Cross Junction/Corsa that
became characteristic of the Gorre & Daphetid.