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Coordinates: 38°07′53″N 120°38′05″W / 38.13139°N 120.63472°W / 38.13139; -120.63472

Fourth Crossing
Unincorporated community
Country United States
State California
County Calaveras County
Elevation 922 ft (281 m)
California Historical Landmark
Reference #: 258

Fourth Crossing (formerly, Foremans) is an unincorporated community in Calaveras County, California. It lies at an elevation of 922 feet (281 m) and is located on State Route 49 at 38°07′53″N 120°38′05″W / 38.13139°N 120.63472°W / 38.13139; -120.63472. The community is in ZIP code 95248 and area code 209.

Located on San Antonio Creek, the town was originally named Foremans, after its founder David Foreman, but became known as Fourth Crossing, as it was located at the fourth river crossing on the StocktonMurphys Road. Foreman had established a ferry to cross the river, which they replaced with a toll bridge. The bridge is still standing to the west of the bridge that Hwy. 49 runs on.

The town was famous in the 1850s for its rich placer ores, which were replaced by lode mining. After the gold ran out, the town continued to operate as an important stagecoach and freighting depot, serving the southern mines until after the turn of the 20th century. The county's first Justice Court was established here, complete with a Justice of the Peace.

Today the town is little more than a few buildings and it is registered as California Historical Landmark #258.

A post office was opened in 1855 and discontinued in 1888; re-established in 1892 and closed for good in 1925.


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