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The Armory (building on the right) is another fine specimen of Gold Rush architecture; its massive iron doors are among the largest to be found in the Gold Country. Built in 1864 by public subscription, at a cost of over $8,000, the brick building served as the armory and training center for the Copperopolis Union Guard of the California State Militia's Third Brigade during the Civil War. Enlistment records show that eighteen Copperopolians joined the Union forces during the war. The building was sold a few years after its completion for $800 in gold. In 1875, the I.O.O.F. acquired the building. Recently restored, the structure currently serves as a community hall.

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