Working collaboratively, the Promotion Club of Jamestown, County of Tuolumne, California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) created the “Walk of Fame” in Jamestown, California in 2015.
The “Walk of Fame” project was the vision of a group of involved community members led by Jim O’Neil. Taking advantage of a planned sidewalk improvement project, the dedicated group worked diligently to raise enough private donations to fund having bronze medallions created and embedded in the sidewalk from downtown Jamestown to Railtown 1897 SHP. A proud supporter of the project, the California State Railroad Museum Foundation sponsored two medallions – one at the beginning and one at the end of the “walk”.
From Railtown 1897 SHP, visitors to the Park can enjoy the walk on their way to downtown Jamestown for wonderful food, shopping or enjoying history. From downtown Jamestown, visitors can follow the walk to visit the “Movie Star” steam locomotive Sierra No. 3 at Railtown 1897 SHP. The walk currently consists of 31 medallions but was built with the capacity for additional medallions over time. The “Walk” begins in downtown Jamestown at Rocca Park with an informational kiosk providing images and details of the county’s rich film heritage. The group is also working on plans for a historic mural at the corner of Seco and Main Streets, highlighting Jamestown’s history and role as a gateway to Tuolumne County.