Friday
Nov232012

Lewiston

1854, LEWISTON- 3rd Class Post Office established 24 May 1854, discontinued 28 December 1854 and re-established 19 February 1855. Located 13 miles SE of Weaverville, the gold mining center turned lumbering town and then vacation/resort area was named for B. F. Lewis, an early settler. William Lewis was the first Postmaster. James Hoadley held the position in 1859.~

1857, Daily Globe:  P O  Lewiston - C. Wood~

Friday
Nov232012

Minersville

1856, MINERSVILLE- 4th Class Post Office established 23 April 1856.Discontinued 12 December 1864, then re-established 24 June 1874. Moved 2 miles NE on 21 May 1901 and discontinued forever on 30 April 1954 when the service was moved to Lewiston. The mining camp post office locations varied until the site was covered by Clair Engle Lake. Site once known as Diggersville (without a post office). Samuel A. White was the first Postmaster and J. Bates was serving in 1859.~

Wednesday
Sep282011

Ruth

The general area now Ruth was once known as Anada and White Stump.

1898, "The first settlement in this valley along the Mad River was called White Stump. It was so christened by two inebriated old-timers, Clyde Barnes and Tom Elkins, after lightning hit, split and made a twenty-foot stump out of a large pine tree. When, however, the first post office was established on March, 3, 1898, it was located about six miles upstream at the Lacy Gray place. The Grays had settled on Mad River in the 1890's and Gray became the first postmaster. The name Anada was given to the post office by John Jeans whose place was about a mile downstream. The name is a combination of the names of two girlfriends, Ana and Ada, whom Jeans had known in Missouri."

1902, John T. McKnight, also settled in this isolated area and with the help of his wife, four sons and two daughters, established a home which became a stopping place for travellers. From this beginning a hotel, store, stable and barns were built. The post office was moved from Anada to McKinght's place on 3 June 1902. Having received news of a new granddaughter born in Utah to another son, the McKnights proudly named the post office Ruth on 8 June 1902.

". . .The waters of the Ruth Reservoir now cover much of this valley which had been the center of much activity. The present location of the town of Ruth is upstream from all of its previous sites at the head of the new lake near the mouth of Johnson Creek. Besides the store and post office, a Forest Service Guard Station also had to be relocated from its former site near White Stump to a site south of the new lake." - The above quotes and summary information were taken from the book Trinity County Historic Sites published in 1981 by the Trinity County Historical Society.~

Friday
Nov022012

Sebastopol 

According to Trinity County Historical Sites published by the Trinity County Historical Society in Fifth Printing 2010 - 1853, "Sebastopol, located one mile downstream from old Minersville on the east side of the East Fork of the Stuart Fork, was a town started by John F. Chillis in 1853. Mr. Chillis was an enterprising man who was responsible for the establishment of a flour mill, a sawmill, a sash and window factory, and the construction of an eight mile water race (called Sebastopol Race) which provided water and water power to an otherwise dry location."~

1859, According to the State Register and Year Book of Facts, California, 1859 -J. F. Chellis owned a 2 stone, water powered Grist Mill at Sebastopol on Stuart's Fork of the Trinity River worth $6,000.~

Monday
Oct222012

Sidney Hill 

1857 December 24, Daily Democratic State Journal -A reservoir lately erected by Dr. Ware on Sydney Hill, was carried away by the flood one night last week. Damages from $300 to $400.~

1859 November 5, Alta California via Trinity Journal - From one of the claim owners at Sidney Hill we gather the following statistics of the yield of some of the principal claims the past season:

Dr. Ware's, about $18,000; Hupp & Finley, $18,000; McDonald & Coney, $11,000; Dodge & Howe, $9,000; Ware, Conley & Co., $5,000. An immense amount of gold has been taken from the Sidney claims, yet there is little decrease in the yield. Hundreds of acres yet remain, all of which will be mined yet.~

"William Condon, after successfully mining on Sidney Hill above Weaverville for about ten years, started Condon's Saloon in Weaverville in 1861. After his marriage the enterprise shifted its emphasis and became the Empire Hotel in October 1863. For a short time, Maurice Condon was in partnership with his brother but he soon left and went to San Francisco."- Trinity County Historical Society. (1981) Trinity County Historical Sites. (5th Printing 2010)~

"James Howe surveyed and built a ditch bringing water from West Weaver Creek to Sidney Hill. Dr. William Ware bought the ditch and narrowly escaped being hanged when he took all the water from West Weaver Creek." - Trinity County Historical Society. (1981) Trinity County Historical Sites. (5th Printing 2010).~

Saturday
Apr282012

Steiner's Flat

1857 December 24, Daily Democratic State Journal -The Red Bar Company, above Steiner's Flat, on the Trinity, have just completed a water wheel, which in dimensions and capacity exceeds any other constructed in Northern California. The wheel is 55 feet 4 inch in diameter, with forty paddles and buckets at either end, capable of raising 18 gallons each. The wheel is at present making about two revolutions per minute, supplying nearly 3,000,000 gallons of water every 24 hours.~

1915, Steiner's Flat, formerly known as Hurst and Eliason, in Secs. (to be continued)

Friday
Nov232012

Trinity

1854, TRINITY- 4th Class Post Office established 24 May 1854 located 8 miles NE of Big Bar and 5 miles NW of Junction City. Discontinued 7 November 1878 when the service moved to Big Bar. Craven Lee was the first Postmaster and A.F. Bilay served in 1859.~

1857, Daily Globe:  P O  Trinity - C Lee, Postmaster.~

Thursday
Jun142012

Trinity Center

1855, TRINITY CENTRE  (TRINITY CENTER)- 4th Class Post Office established 31 July 1855. Discontinued 30 December 1872 and re-established 3 February 1873. Spelling changed to 'Center' 15 January 1894. Was a placer gold mining site and named for the nearby Trinity River. The original site is now covered by Clair Engle Lake. The location was 32 miles NW of French Gulch (in Shasta County). Moses Chadbourne was the first Postmaster and still served in 1859.~

1857 December 7, Daily Democratic State Journal - This road [Trinity Wagon Road] is now completed from Trinity Center to the summit of the Trinity Mountain. Through representations made by Capt. Chadwick, the Shasta Courier says, the California Steam Navigation Company and the California Stage Company have been induced to purchase some thirty shares of the stock, leaving but twelve indisposed of. The work, we presume, will be suspended during the winter, only to be resumed promptly in the spring.~

1880 July 13, San Francisco Bulletin - via Trinity Journal - On a ridge a few miles from Trinity Centre, Thomas Morton came on seven bears feeding. The presence of bear in such numbers is a rare occurrence in that region.~

1857, Daily Globe:  P O  Trinity Centre - M. Chadbourne~

1897 Aug 13, Idaho Statesman; Redding, Cal., Aug 12:  Mr. Blackburn, owner of the Deep Gravel Mine near Trinity Center, in Trinity County, brings in the news of another rich strike on Morrison Gulch, seven miles above the claim of the Graves brothers. He states that Burgess and Murphy discovered a seam in their diggings 300 feet long and upon prospecting the seam got as high as $10 and $20 to the pan in several places. Miners and prospectors are leaving their claims to locate ground on Morrison Gulch and the whole bed of the gulch will soon be located.~

1897 August 24, Evening News (San Jose, CA) - And now a ledge of porphyry that assays $2000. a ton has been found in Trinity about two miles from the Graves boys' Blue Jay Mine. It's a dull day when a new strike of fabulous richness is not made in some part of California.~

1912 January 27, Record Searchlight:  Charles Wilder returned yesterday morning from San Francisco, where he had spent a week on business. Mr. Wilder will leave for his home at Trinity Centre this morning.~

1913 January 19, San Jose Mercury News, Delta, Cal. Jan 18, (AP) -

SON OF FAMOUS ALASKA PIONEER MEETS DEATH AT TRINITY CENTER, CAL.

TEAMSTER ALSO KILLED AND TWO OTHERS NARROWLY ESCAPE WITH LIVES.

Belated word reached here today of the death Tuesday night of Edward C. Treadwell, superintendent of the Trinity Bonanza mine, owned by the Treadwell Brothers of San Francisco, Alaska pioneers and discoverers of the famous Treadwell Mine, now operated by the Alaska Treadwell Gold Mining Company. He was buried alive in a snow slide while trying to stable a balky horse.

Edward Treadwell was a son of James Treadwell, formerly one of the directors of the failed California Safe Deposit and Trust Company which still holds promissory notes given by John Treadwell, the other brother, aggregating $1,028,426. Edward Treadwell was 38 years old.

No attempt has been made to recover the bodies of Treadwell and Dave Williams, who met death at the same time, fresh slides at the same spot being feared.

The Trinity Bonanza Mine is near Trinity Center with which communication has been severed until today by heavy snows.

Tuesday night at 8 o'clock Williams also employed at the mine returned from Trinity Center with a team of four horses. Three of the horses went docilely enough into the stable, but the fourth was balky, and Treadwell came down to the barn with a lantern to help.

Ellis Basham and Charles Duncan were putting away the sleigh, and Duncan had just set foot inside the building when the slide came, wrecking the barn and burying Treadwell and Williams 12 feet deep.

Duncan kicked the slats off the barn roof and dug his way out unharmed.

Basham stood a foot from the path of the slide and escaped. The three horses in the barn were smothered, but the horse that caused the delay and cost two men their lives struggled free.

[Perhaps the balky horse had a sense about the impending slide and shouldn't be blamed.]~

Saturday
Apr282012

Trinity County

1855 January 26, Daily Democratic State Journal (Sacramento, California) - Postmaster/Offices as of the 15th Day April 1854:  Eureka, Trinity, H. W. Bean; Mendocino, Trinity, L. W. Fish; Uniontown, Trinity, A. H. Murdoch; Weaverville, Trinity, James Barry.~

1858 February 13San Joaquin Republican, The Trinity Journalsays it has information that a party of 75 or 100 persons will leave that and the adjoining counties, about the 20th of March, for the Colorado. They are to start from Stockton on the first day of April for the gold mines above the mouth of Virgin River. Persons desirous of information on the subject can apply to John B. Mallett of Bald Hills or Ben Anderson of Shasta.~

1858 November 11, San Francisco Bulletin via Trinity Journal- Delos J. Howe makes the following statement of the school census of Trinity county. Total number of children, all ages, 232; school children, from 4-18, 100; children under 4, 132; girls, from 4-18, 75; boys, from 4-18, 85; orphans, 3; children born in California, 149; families with children, 150.~

1903 July 2, The Free Press, Redding, Cal. - The deep snow on the Salmon River or Caribou Mountains in Trinity County is causing bear, deer, and other large game to frequent the lower altitudes, to the great discomfort of miners and others living in the neighborhood of that mountain range.

Tuesday evening at the supper hour a mammoth panther strolled leisurely into the boarding house at the Strode Mine and struck terror to the hearts of the inmates. There was a general stampede and the animal had sole possession for a time. Finally a couple of dogs caught scent of the panther and made an attack upon him. There was an interesting fight for a few minutes, when the panther turned tail and escaped into the woods.

The same day while George L. Carr's folks were going over Trinity Mountain they encountered two large cinnamon bears in the road on the divide. At first the bears seemed inclined to maintain their possession of the right of way and make the Carrs go 'round. They thought better of the matter, however, and scampered off into the woods. There is plenty of deer in the foothills and mountains and small game in abundance.~

1915- Trinity County was comprised of eleven or more mining districts:  Canyon Creek; Coffee Creek; Deadwood; East Fork (Trinity River); Minersville; Stewart's Fork [Stuart Fork]; Trinity Center; New River; Indian Creek; North Fork; Lewiston~

Wednesday
Mar232011

Trinity Reserve

1906 February 20, The Shasta Courier - MANY APPLY FOR GRAZING PERMITS -

. . .Trinity Reserve . . . Cattle - F.M. Shelton, Knob; J.C. Williams, Hayfork; George T. Williams, Knob; C.M. Bland, Knob; James Gleason, Igo; Swain Brothers, George Garcia, Beegum; Gauthier,  Red Bluff; Mary A. Allen, Beegum; Brothers, Rosewood; W.G. Humason, Hunter; A.J. Fowler, Hunter; W.M. Rice, Hunter; Granger & Morrissey, Knob; Saunders & Ellison, Red Bluff.

Sheep - James Barry, Cottonwood; G.C. Frisbie, Anderson; A.T. Moore, Orland; Swain Brothers, Red Bluff; T.S. Flournoy, Corning; Thomas Cockburn, Paskenta; Brownell Sons, Paskenta; J.J. Hall, Paskenta.

Tuesday
Nov272012

Weaver Creek

1857 December 24, Daily Democratic State Journal via Trinity Journal, Dec. 19 - The new flume of L. W. Ludwig was flood damaged to the amount of about $300 on Thursday night of last week. The injuries have been repaired, and the miners at the terminus on Weaver Creek are being supplied with an abundance of water from it.~

Sunday
Oct162011

Weaverville

WEAVERVILLE - 2nd Class Post Office established prior to 9 April 1850. Named for George or William or John (historians don't agree) Weaver, a prospector. The mining camp evolved into Trinity County's most important population center located 7 miles E of Junction City and 5 miles N of Douglas City. A. Woodworth was the first Postmaster. James O'Connor served in 1859.~

1854 July 15 - "Weaverville, - An extensive battle was held between two large parties of Chinese near here today. The death list totaled 15, including one American who joined in the fray."~

1857, Daily Globe:   P O  Weaverville - James Barry~

1881 May 30, San Francisco Bulletin- Last Tuesday morning Tim O'Neil, for several years express man between Weaverville and Canon City, fell from his wagon and was killed. He was a highly respected citizen, and widely-known in Trinity County. He leaves a wife and 8 children.~

1896 May 9, The Free Press- Peter M. Paulsen, proprietor of the Union Hotel at Weaverville, came down from his town Sunday evening [to Redding] and took the overland train for San Francisco. He was accompanied by his two daughters, Mrs. N. B. Shurtleff and Miss Pauline Paulsen.~

1921 May 7, Evening Tribune(San Diego, CA) - The road between this city [Redding] and Weaverville is open to motor traffic. John Dempt of Big Bear was the first to come over the road this year. This road is expected to improve with clear weather.~

 

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