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Pioneering brothers: Murphys struck gold and built town

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Posted: Friday, October 1, 2004 10:00 pm

John and Daniel Murphy were adventurous brothers who pioneered the wagon trail over the Sierra Nevada in 1844, fought to bring California into the United States, struck it rich in Calaveras County and established the town that bears the family name.

The town of Murphys, about an hour's drive east of Lodi beside Highway 4, is a historic treat for tourists stopping on their way to the mountains or for those searching for wine tasting or shopping in the picturesque region dotted with a mixture of pine and oak trees. Although the Murphys were only there for a little more than a year, the town remains as a legacy to their pioneer spirit and enterprise.

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