Angels Camp is named after Henry Angel, who established a trading post here in 1848. Although a successful mining town, its real fame arrived in 1864 when Mark Twain published The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. Angel’s Camp is near many lakes, New Melones Lake being the largest, offering boating, fishing, and miles of lakefront that snake through picturesque canyons. The town boasts historic architecture and one of the most complete Gold Rush museums in California. Recreation abounds including cavern exploring and golf.