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The City The guide was updated:Located in southeastern California in Calaveras County, Arnold is located fewer than four hours from Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks and fewer than three hours from Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park and the San Francisco Bay area.
Arnold is named after Bob and Bernice Arnold, who opened the Ebbetts Pass Inn in 1927 to provide lodgings for travelers of Ebbetts Pass, for which it is named. Although Ebbetts Pass is not as frequently-traveled these days, it is registered as a California Historical Landmark and is a National Scenic Byway traveled by visitors wishing to take in its breathtaking views.
Prior to the opening of the inn, which began an era of tourism to Arnold, its main source of industry was logging. The first logging mill opened in the 1860s and logging remained the primary industry for 100 years. Prior to European colonization, the area was home to several Native American Indian tribes, including the Paiute.