From the nearby informational sign:
"Gold was discovered in California in 1848 and hordes of fortune hunters were soon digging up the Mother Lode. Needing a continuous supply of water to wash ore from the earth, enterprising miners formed small companies to bring water from the high Sierra. One of these was the Tuolumne County Water Company.
ln those early days Strawberry Flat was an extended meadow including a rock—strewn marshy
area that is today covered by Pinecrest Lake. A second meadow was just above this site where you are standing, and still another was three miles further up the Stanislaus River canyon.
This was to be the locations for three reservoirs built by the Tuolumne County Water Company between 1853 and 1856."
- Posted at great expense from my iPhone