GATEWAY TO YOSEMITE
Groveland was first established in 1848 and was originally known as “Garrote,” the Spanish word for “death by strangulation.” It was one of three mining camps in the area, along with Big Oak Flat and Second Garrote. After the Gold Rush, residents decided to give their town a more respectable image with a new name. They named the town Groveland, because it was the Massachusetts hometown of one of the town’s prominent citizens.
Groveland is home to the Iron Door Saloon, the oldest continuously operating saloon in California, the historic Groveland Hotel, and just 26 miles away, Yosemite National Park.