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Pete's Place, Valley Springs

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The first location of Pete's establishment along Hwy 26 (Courtesy Calaveras County Historical Society).

The popular gathering place in town, Pete's Place, was established by former jockey J.W. "Pete" Ormes.  In 1933 Ormes moved to a corner location that became the social center of Valley Springs.  Along with food, drink, and dance bands, illegal gambling and nortorious women were also available.  An elderly Pete was brutally murdered in his cafe in the 1970s when robbers demanded money, and Pete refused.

By Sal Manna, 2007

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Pete's second location, now occupied by a Chinese restaurant. (Courtesy Calaveras County Historical Society).