Harrison Gulch Mining District
Friday, October 12, 2012 at 8:14PM
Jo Giessner

1893 - Gold discovered along the creek running through a gulch that later became known as the Harrison Gulch Creek and Harrison Gulch named for William H. Harrison who had been elected the first judge of Shasta County in September 1850.~

1893 - discovery of the gold by Leonard Benton, John Isaac Fowler and a man named Rhodes.

date a ? - The three sold to the Hurst Brothers who gave the mine the name of King Midas shortened to Midas Mine for the gold being so rich in quantity and quality.~

Ferdinand Hurst, later Shasta county Supervisor and owner of the Golden Eagle Hotel.

1898 - Captain J.W. Roberts' Gold Hill Developing Company purchased the Midas Mine.~

1899 May 20, Evening News; Redding, May 20:  The Midas Gold Mining Company, operating at Harrison Gulch, the largest gold mining camp in Shasta County, has suffered a loss of $75,000 by washing away of the restraining dam for the impounding of the tailings from its quartz mill.~

1901 March 17, Special Dispatch to the Sunday Herald, New York, March 16, 1901-The Midas, in Harrison Gulch, Shasta County, Cal., has a pay chute 2700 feet long off the fourth level. It is pay ore all the way and averages from two to three feet wide. It is claimed to be the longest pay chute in California.~

1901 March- Capt. J. H. Roberts of the Midas Mine, Harrison Gulch, came into town (Redding) carrying a heavy grip which he refused to check. It enclosed a solid gold brick weighing 50 pounds, and worth $13,000. The Midas Mine averaged about $30,000 per month. - Giles~

Captain Roberts shipped the gold bricks from the Midas Mine from Red Bluff to San Francisco in his own boat. Roberts also had interests in other mines in the area. It is also said he always had a few "fake" gold bricks along with each shipment in case of robbery.~

1903 January 9, The Semi-Weekly Searchlight - Redding, Shasta County, California -

Sherk, with ownership just established now taking out nuggets - E.P. Sherk, the man who experienced all the trouble in court over his Harrison Gulch mining property, has struck it rich on that selfsame property, according to the reports that have reached Redding from the scene of the strike.

After the law had declared Sherk to be the owner of the property and he was no longer compelled to occupy his time in fighting law suits, he set to work to develop his mine.

As the story has reached Redding, Sherk dug away the face or breast of his tunnel. Near bedrock he encountered gravel. He washed this and was both surprised and delighted to pan out great pieces of coarse gold. The chunks range in value from three dollars up to twelve. One piece weighed $14.20.

As Sherk continues to work he continues to clean up pieces of gold from the bedrock.

A miner in Redding from Harrison Gulch says Sherk's property is easily worth $20,000. at the present time.~

1904 February 22 - San Jose Mercury - MINE IS CLOSED DOWN - ONE HUNDRED MEN AT HARRISON GULCH THROWN OUT OF WORK - Redding, Feb 21, 1904: The Midas Mine of Harrison Gulch was closed down today as the result of labor troubles. One hundred men are thrown out of employment. The miners Union demanded the discharge of an engineer because he was a non-union man and the mining company decided to shut down rather than accede to the demands of the union.~

1904 December - A second shaft sunk across the gulch from the Midas and named Gold Hill.~

Date a ? - Victor Mine located on the edge of Knob, adjoining the Midas Mine on the east. Feuding developed between the two mining companies as each thought they had the "big vein" and their tunnels were heading toward each other.

Date a ? - Midas Group included Victor and Twinvict; Gold Hill and Harrison Gulch Mines. Harrison Gulch District = Black Bear, Esperanza, Gray Eagle, Harrison Gulch, Independent Group, and Midas Group. Platina District = Beegum Creek and Platina Mine.~

1909 - Monthly cleanup from the Twenty-Stamp Mill at the Midas Mine in Harrison Gulch yielded enough gold to make a $28,000.00 gold brick. L. A. McIntosh, manager of the mine, came in from Harrison Gulch and brought the valuable gold brick with him.~

1911 March 4, Harry L. Waste, manager of the Midas Mine at Harrison Gulch, was married to Mabel Morrissey, a daughter of F.T. Morrissey, the Harrison Gulch merchant.~

1915 - The Harrison Gulch Mining District, 50 miles southwesterly from Redding near the Trinity County line,[extreme southwest Shasta county] is known principally on account of the MIDAS MINE. Here the ore occurs in slate, near a porphyry dike, and considerable evidence of faulting is found. The pay shoot has an average width of 12 inches. The haul is rather expensive, as two mountain ranges must be crossed.~

1915 - BLACK BEAR MINE consists of 80 acres, in Sec 9, T 29 N, R 10 W, 1 miles south of Harrison Gulch, in the Harrison Gulch Mining District.Owners:  W.D. Lilly et al of Redding. One vein 5' wide in slate, only slightly developed. Two short tunnels.~

1915ESPERANZA MINE consists of 160 acres, in Sec 29, T 29 N, R 10 W, about 1 1/2 miles east of Harrison Gulch, in the Harrison Gulch Mining District. Owner:  A. J. Oswald. Four veins exposed on the surface, three being parallel. A shaft has been sunk on the Lucky George claim to a depth of 214 feet, and three crosscuts run, longest 142 feet, working through a fault. A little ore on the surface. A 12 h.p. steam hoist used. Four men employed. Prospect.~


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