Monthly Archives: December 2011

Silver Tailings: Borrasca vs. Bonanza

In 1855, the miners in Gold Canyon had their best year, to that date. About 200 miners dug up an estimated $100,000 in gold. Thereafter, the collective annual earnings declined. By 1857, this decline had spurred some miners to prospect … Continue reading

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Between Labor and Slavery

During the first California state legislative session, lawmakers voted to eliminate the right of Indians to vote because they feared the control the Indian peoples might exercise. The Legislature also enacted the “Act for the Government and Protection of Indians.” This law … Continue reading

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Silver Tailings: Old Spanish Trail

Mail service was begun between Salt Lake City and San Bernardino in 1852. This led to stations being built at natural springs along the ‘Old Spanish Trail’ where fodder for horses grew without cultivation. One of these was built-in meadows … Continue reading

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Silver Tailings: Grant Pays a Visit

In October 1879, former U.S. President Ulysses Grant paid a visit to Virginia City. A parade was held in his honor, at which passed in display several volunteer guard units that had been formed during the Civil War and were … Continue reading

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Christmas Tradition

I was talking with my boss, Dan. He told me he’d been so busy the last few weeks that he’d gotten none of his Christmas shopping done. Then he told me that it would be okay. Why? He has a … Continue reading

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Gold Fever

The first recorded contact between Indians who lived in what is now known as Del Norte County and white men was June 9, 1828. On that day, the Jedediah Smith party met the Tolowa. However they were not the first … Continue reading

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Silver Tailings: Abandoned Mining Camps

Here’s a salute to the passing of the Silver State’s many abandoned mining camps. And while not standing anymore in their original glory, they will still be remembered in another hundred years. In 1862, Prebel In 1863, Buster Falls and Lucky … Continue reading

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