Angels Camp is famous chiefly for its May jumping-frog contest, based on Mark Twain's short story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." The writer reputedly heard the story of the jumping frog from Ross Coon, proprietor of Angels Hotel, which has been in operation since 1856. It’s a favorite destination these days among outdoor adventurers, who love exploring the subterranean caverns and fishing for salmon, trout, and bass in the area’s crystal clear rivers and lakes.
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