If you've ever been to Murphys, California, then you know that this charming little town has a lot of character. from the quaint downtown area with its eclectic shops and restaurants, to the beautiful scenery all around. What you may not know however, is that Murphys has a strong Irish heritage. In fact, many of the original settlers of Murphys were Irish immigrants who came to California during the Gold Rush.
While the first recorded Irish immigrant in California arrived in 1833, it wasn't until the mid-19th century that large numbers of Irish began coming to the state, drawn by the promise of striking it rich during the Gold Rush. Many of these Irish immigrants settled in and around Murphys, drawn by the same prospect of finding gold.
One of the most famous early Irish settlers in Murphys was a man named Daniel Murphy. Murphy arrived in San Francisco in 1849, and eventually made his way to Murphys where he opened a store and became one of the town's most prominent citizens. Daniel Murphy was so well-loved and respected that when he passed away in 1884, the townspeople raised money to have a imposing stone monument erected in his honor which still stands today.
While there may not be any gold left to be found in Murphys, this charming town still retains its Irish roots. Murphys Irish Day is celebrated the 3rd Saturday in March each year with a parade, live music, and plenty of Guinness! So whether you're looking for a taste of Ireland or just a fun place to visit, be sure to add Murphys to your list.
Murphys may be small town but it has a big heart - and an even bigger Irish heritage! So if you're ever in Calaveras County, be sure add this charming town to your list. And don't forget to enjoy a cold pint of Guinness while you're there! Slainte!