Angels Camp Mark Twain Statue Set to Undergo Rehabilitation and Installation of Frogs

Angels Camp, CA – April 22, 2024 – The iconic Mark Twain statue, a beloved fixture of Angels Camp’s Utica Park, is embarking on a journey of restoration and rejuvenation. The statue, a tribute to the legendary American author, humorist, and adventurer, has stood as a beacon of literary heritage in the heart of the city for decades.

In an effort to preserve this cultural landmark for generations to come, the Angels Camp community has initiated a comprehensive rehabilitation project for the Mark Twain statue. The project, made possible through a rural recreation and tourism grant, aims to restore the statue to its former glory, enhance its aesthetic appeal, and ensure its structural integrity.

As part of the restoration process, the Mark Twain statue will be temporarily relocated to the museum for meticulous rehabilitation work. This includes necessary repairs, cleaning, and the installation of charming frog companions (hacked off in 1957 as an act of vandalism). This effort is to pay homage to Twain’s famous story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”

“While the Mark Twain statue will be temporarily absent from Utica Park, residents and visitors need not worry,” assures Mayor Jennifer Herndon. “This endeavor is a testament to our commitment to preserving our cultural heritage and enhancing the beauty of our community.”

The rehabilitation project, expected to span the next few months, will also involve preparations at Utica Park to safely welcome back the refurbished statue. This includes landscaping enhancements and structural improvements to ensure a fitting environment for Mark Twain’s return.

The Mark Twain statue holds a significant place in the history and identity of Angels Camp. Donated to the city in 1944 by Warner Brothers when they premiered the Frederic March film “The Adventures of Mark Twain” at the Angels Camp Theatre, the statue has served as a timeless symbol of literary excellence and community pride.

“We recognize the importance of preserving this symbol of our town’s rich literary heritage,” says City Administrator Rebecca Callen. “The rehabilitation of the Mark Twain statue is a collaborative effort that underscores our community’s dedication to honoring its history.”

While the statue undergoes rehabilitation, residents and visitors are invited to visit the Angels Camp Museum to witness the progress firsthand.

For more information and updates on the Mark Twain statue rehabilitation project, please visit angelscamp.gov or contact City Hall at coa@angelscamp.gov or 209-736-2181.