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1876 January 10, Altoona, Trinity, California established as a 4th class post office located 11 miles north of Trinity Center and discontinued 4 October 1876. Named for Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Charles Howard was the first postmaster.

1876 October 20, Altoona, Trinity California post office re-established.

Albert E. Castle, Postmaster.

1878 December 27, Charels Crandall, postmaster.

1880 September 2, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Trinity Center.

1885 April 2, San Francisco Bulletin- The settlement of Altoona, surrounding the quicksilver mines of the same name, lies in the extreme northeastern portion of the county. Cinnabar was discovered here some fourteen or fifteen years since leading to the discovery of the Altoona mine. The ledge was developed to some extent and works were finally erected for reducing the ore. The low price of quicksilver for a number of years past has interfered with the profitable working of the property. Nothing is now being done upon it, the property being I am informed, in litigation.~

1888 September 3, San Francisco Bulletin via Trinity Journal- The Cinnabar District is above Trinity Center, about sixty miles from Weaverville, Trinity County. The Trinity and Altoona are the principal mines, and have generally been profitably worked. The cost of producing quicksilver in this district is 17 cents per pound. The Altoona quicksilver mine is being worked by a force of about twelve, who are engaged in getting out ore and developing the ledge. The company will soon begin working the ore and producing quicksilver. About a mile from the Altoona the Dacks are sluicing in their claim and have done  well this summer. Indications point to lively times in Cinnabar the coming year.~

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