Skip to Main Content

Frog jumping plaques.

Frog Hop of Fame

Field review by the editors.

Angels Camp, California

Frog-shaped brass plaques in the sidewalk along Main Street salute each year's winner (since 1928) of the town's annual Calaveras Jumping Frog Jubilee. The plaques include the year of the competition, the name and home town of the frog and handler, and the distance jumped. Rosie the Ribiter's record of 21 feet six inches in 1986 still has not been surpassed.

It was in Angels Camp, in the saloon of the Angels Hotel (now apartments), that Samuel Clemens first heard the yarn that would launch his career as Mark Twain, and title, "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." On the sidewalk outside of the former hotel is a plaque dedicated to Dan'l, Twain's 1865 frog.

Frog Hop of Fame

1283 S. Main St., Angels Camp, CA
Plaques in sidewalk along Main St. The corner of Birds Way is the site of the old Angels Hotel.
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Mark Twain Frog CairnMark Twain Frog Cairn, Angels Camp, CA - < 1 mi.
Mark Twain, No FrogsMark Twain, No Frogs, Angels Camp, CA - < 1 mi.
Two-Ton Green FrogTwo-Ton Green Frog, Angels Camp, CA - 1 mi.
In the region:
World's Largest Fiddle, Fiddletown, CA - 32 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in California

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in California.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Save Cool Vacation Destinations! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

California Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Woodland Park, Colorado (Apr 15-21, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings