The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
by Mark Twain
Where It All Goes Down
Angel’s Camp, California, mid-19th century
Angel's Camp is a gold mining community in the mid-19th century that the narrator claims to have visited to find Simon Wheeler. Like any mining town in the West, it was populated primarily by men, many of them looking for their fortune. As something of a frontier town, it would probably seem to be full of loud, uncouth, and uneducated people compared to the more genteel East.