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Property Name Leighton Encampment
Reference Number 13000142
State California
County Tuolumne
Town Pinecrest
Street Address Emigrant Wilderness, Stanislaus National Forest, California
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 04/09/2013
Areas of Significance Conservation, Invention
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Yellowhammer Camp was constructed as a base for promoting, building, and serv1cmg check dams throughout the Emigrant Basin. The check dam concept was an integral part of the watershed and fish and game habitat conservation movement in California beginning in the late 1920s. Considering its association with this significant period in California history, the Yellowhammer Camp is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district under Criterion A. For its association with Fred Leighton, the prominent Californian who built the camp for use as a base for both the construction and maintenance of his innovative check dams located throughout the Emigrant Basin, the site is eligible under Criterion B.


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