Centerville Mining District
Friday, July 2, 2010 at 9:05PM
Jo Giessner

1856 February 5, San Francisco Bulletin, from Shasta Courier -Near Centreville, one company last week took out one piece of pure gold weighing sixty-one ounces, and other companies, although they cannot boast of a single piece of such extraordinary weight, have in the aggregate done equally as well.~

Home of the Yankee John Mine, Three R Mine, Little Frog Mine, Midnight Mine and others.

1871, Centerville School established.~

1871, Pacific Coast Business directory - Centerville, Shasta County, Post Office address = Shasta, located 6 miles south of Shasta.  P. DePray has a general merchandise store.

Tadpole Creek - a stream that flows 5 miles to Olney Creek 4 miles south-southwest of Redding

Squawtown - near Centerville

Larkin Post Office - named for John Larkin who also had a store and saloon. Post Office established in 1899 and discontinued in 1912. John Larkin was also Coroner of Shasta County from 1911 until 1929. Melissa J. Larkin was the first postmistress.

1886, Republican Free Press - An old California miner named Becker, who has mined all over the Pacific Coast, last week struck what he believes to be a rich mine about one and a half miles west of Ceneterville near Clear Creek. It is an immense deposit, claimed to resemble greatly the rich tellurium ore in the Salt Creek Mine belonging to Schearer & Rattler. It is certain that some of the ore carries free gold as we panned it out. Becker has a good claim in New River and one in Klamath in Siskiyou County also which he discovered the past summer.~

1888 Feb 2, - An immense ledge of quartz bearing heavy gold and silver sulphurets, assaying well up in the hundreds, is being worked in the flat near Centerville, Shasta County.~

1889 June 12, San Francisco Bulletin, The Redding Democrat says:  A new quartz discovery was made by an old prospector named Brown, about two weeks ago on the old Gage place on the divide between Shasta and Centerville that promises to make a rich mine. Two claims were located,  one on the Gage place and the other just off and adjoining. The Gage place is deeded land and belongs to Mr.Walden, who is at present farming in Happy Valley. Brown sold the outside location to Jim Beecher of Anderson and a Hayden Hill miner named Hall for $1000. and last week they were offered $3000. profit on their bargain. Beecher and Hall are sinking on their claim and we are told they take out as high as $4.00 to the pan. This discovery has caused quite an excitement in that vicinity.~

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