Pre-1905 Calif Death Index
Calaveras County is one of the original 27 counties created 1850. The meaning of the word calaveras is "skulls." This county takes its name from the Calaveras River, which was reportedly so designated by an early explorer when he found, on the banks of the stream, many skulls of Indians who had either died of famine or had been killed in tribal conflicts over hunting and fishing grounds. Territory which at one time was in Calaveras County is now in Alpine, Amador, and Mono Counties.
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