Just Surfaced: A Historic Railroad Retaining Wall on the Sacramento River, 8-14-2021

JUST SURFACED: A HISTORIC RAILROAD RETAINING WALL ON THE SACRAMENTO RIVER NEAR CHARLIE CREEK, 8-14-2021. SHASTA LAKE WAS 153.25 FEET BELOW THE CREST OF SHASTA DAM. Meet the writer: Jeremy M. TuggleEducation and Community Engagement Manager – Shasta Historical Society Jeremy M. Tuggle, born in Redding, is a descendant of 11 pioneer families who settled Shasta County between 1849-1889. Jeremy […]

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A redeveloped and subdivided patented mining property: The Tilton Consolidated mine

On January 1, 1902, a prospector and miner named Richard P. Wheelock struck an appealing quartz vein which warranted further investigation of the land he was prospecting on. After that, he sunk a shaft and drove an adit into a hillside establishing a lode mine, which led him to a bonanza of gold. He then called this mining claim the […]

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Furnaceville & Ingot: Home of the Afterthought mine – Part 2

Miners searching for silver struck the copper vein of the Copper Hill mine in 1862, during the silver rush excitement at Silver City. This vein was located in the boundaries of the Cow Creek mining district. However, mining activity lacked on this property until 1873, several years after the abandonment of Silver City, a former settlement which existed above the […]

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Silver City: A prelude to Furnaceville & Ingot

In 1862, a silver rush caused the creation of a mining community called Silver City, also known as Silverton, about 2 1/2 miles above the present-day town of Ingot. It’s name derived from the silver ore which the miners of this burg sought after along the channels of Silver Creek and Cedar Creek. It was located in the boundaries of […]

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The Clara mine at Keswick, California

On this episode of Exploring Shasta County History, Jeremy Tuggle – Shasta Historical Society’s Education and Community Engagement Manager, takes you on another exciting mining adventure with his friend, Ralph Bentrim. This former mining property embraces Ralph’s property at Keswick. This mining property is a former Au (gold) mine called the Clara, which has been developed in parts to allow […]

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The Historic Foundation of the Mammoth Aerial Tramway

The Mammoth aerial tramway was sometimes referred to as an “aerial ropeway” which was built in 1905 for the United States Refining and Mining Company, the parent company of the Mammoth Copper Company of Kennett, by the Riblet Tramway Company of Spokane, Washington, for about $50,000. LOVE SHASTA COUNTY HISTORY?SEE: Exploring Shasta County History with Jeremy Tuggle: Bella Vista: A lumber […]

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The Ganim mine of New York Gulch

Joseph Solomon Ganim was born on December 25, 1877, to Solomon Ganim and his wife, Annie (Jabul) Ganim. He was a Lebanese immigrant, well-educated, and he arrived and settled at Whiskeytown in 1906. Ganim was a traveling merchandise seller by trade and later he became interested in mining. In 1912, Ganim located the quartz vein of the Hard Luck Gold […]

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The Friday-Lowden Mine

In 1894, while prospecting in the boundaries of the Backbone mining district of Shasta County, Walter Friday, a native of Switzerland, and a resident of Flat Creek, located the lucrative quartz vein of the Friday lode mine. After that, Friday drove an adit into the hillside. Then, he began operating this mine as a hard rock mine. Later, an abundance […]

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Legendary Mining Lore: Gold Nuggets of History

Newcomers Frederic Rochon, a native of New York, and his Canadian partners Levi Longfield, and John Hayett, arrived from lower California and settled at Shasta together in the early months of 1870. After their arrival, they immediately located a placer mining claim on Spring Creek. After that, their mining activities took-off with them earning fair wages from this mining claim […]

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The Sky Blue mine and its 1860s origins

Author: Jeremy Tuggle – Education and Community Engagement Manager – Shasta Historical Society In 1863 Colonel William Magee, a noted surveyor, miner, prospector, and resident of Shasta, California, located the quartz vein of the Original Sky Blue mine of the Middle Creek mining district. After an examination of this vein, gold was extracted from it which yielded some lucrative high-grade […]

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