YUBA  COUNTY

California State Mining Bureau booklet, Lewis E. Aubrey, State Mineralogist, 1905

This is not a transcription of the complete booklet.  There were many technical areas of data omitted to condense the amount of information provided here.

ELEVATIONS, Yuba County

U.S.G.S. represents United States Geological Survey; S.P.R.R. represents Southern Pacific Railroad - Note: The elevations accredited to the U.S. Geological Survey were in some instances taken from the contour lines of the topographical sheets issued by that department and are therefore to some degree approximate only.

Station Authority Elevation Station Authority Elevation Station Authority Elevation
Binney Junction S.P.R.R. 78 Flanly Peack U.S.G.S. 2,125 Rackerby U.S.G.S. 1,420
Bonanza Ranch U.S.G.S. 303 Frenchtown " 1,400 Ramm's Ranch " 2,950
Brady's Ranch " 211 Galena Hill " 2,800 Ramirez S.P.R.R. 98
Brownsville " 2,152 Greenville " 2,100 Red Bluff U.S.G.S. 2,493
Browns Valley " 250 Gurleys " 172 Reeds S.P.R.R. 71
Bryden Ranch " 299 Honcut S.P.R.R. 112 Sicard Flat U.S.G.S. 227
Buckeye House " 4,150 Indiana Ranch U.S.G.S. 1,700 Smartsville " 758
Bullard's Bar " 1,500 Junction House " 2,400 Strawberry Valley " 3,650
Camptonville " 2,900 Kentucky Ranch " 1,300 Stanfield Hill " 1,220
Challenge " 2,600 Lafferty Peak " 1,154 Sugar Loaf " 1,484
Chaparral Hill " 2,190 Marysville S.P.R.R. 64 Summit House " 2,550
Clayton Ranch " 2,525 Mount Hope House U.S.G.S. 2,900 Sunset Hill " 3,300
Coombs S.P.R.R. 127 New York Flat " 2,450 Timbuctoo " 441
Dempsey Ranch U.S.G.S. 750 North Star House " 3,970 Waldo " 250
Dobbins " 1,630 Oak Valley " 3,050 Wheatland S.P.R.R. 90
Eagleville " 3,750 Oregon House " 1,475 Woodleaf U.S.G.S. 3,150
Empire Ranch " 840 Pike County Hill " 3,675      
Erle " 150            
Foster's Bar " 1,520            

QUARTZ MINES - some information left out due to lack of space - (exact location, elevation, strike, dip, character of ore, hanging wall, foot wall, developments)

NAME OF MINE

NEAREST TOWN

OR P.O.

PATENTED

# OF VEINS

WIDTH OF VEINS

DEPTH BELOW OUTCROP (feet)

MILL

POWER

# EMPLOYED

NAME OF OWNER

ADDRESS OWNER

REMARKS

Abbie

Brownsville

yes

1

8’

500

 

 

 

R.M.Johnson

Brownsville

Mill has been sold & hauled away

Abbott

Rackerby

yes

1

2’

80

 

 

 

N.B. Abbott

Rackerby

 

Albion King

Waldo

yes

1

2’

160

 

 

 

Wm. B. Ross

Waldo

 

Arbucco

Woodleaf

yes

1

3’

150

 

 

 

Antonio Arbucco

Woodleaf

 

Beever

Brownsville

yes

1

3’

300

 

 

 

C.C. Beever

Brownsville

Shaft caved

Bessie

Brown’s Valley

yes

2

2’

50

 

 

6

B. Burris

Brown’s Valley

Sinking

Bismarck

Waldo

yes

 

 

200

 

 

 

Livermore Banking Co.

Livermore

Hadn’t struck ledge when work stopped

Black Maria

Smartsville

yes

1

18’

100

 

 

 

S.O. Gunning

Marysville

 

Boa

Smartsville

no

1

4’

150

 

 

 

M.C. Meeker

Camp Meeker, Sonoma Co

 

Bullard’s Bar

Bullard’s Bar

yes

1

85’

500

 

 

 

Geo. A. Mix

Bullard’s Bar

Bonded to C.L. Crane

Cleopatra

Smartsville

no

1

4’

100

 

 

4

Chas. F. Ayer

Boston, Mass.

 

Dannebrog

Brown’s Valley

yes

1

2’-6”

 

 

 

 

Incorporated Co.

Marysville

F.W. Johnson, Pres. Marysville Idle.

Dexter

Brown’s Valley

no

1

6”-2’

 

 

 

 

F.W. Johnson & Wm. Clark

Marysville

 

Eagleville

Strawberry Valley

yes

1

24’

250

 

 

 

F.G. Oaken

Strawberry Valley

 

Eagle Gold

Dobbin’s Ranch

yes

1

4’

300

yes

steam

2

Frank E. Barbeiro

Dobbin’s Ranch

 

Fairview

Brown’s Valley

no

1

3’

100

 

 

2

Whittier & Stevens

Brown’s Valley

 

Good Hope

Waldo

yes

1

18”

150

 

 

 

R. Van Court

Grass Valley

 

Good Title

Dobbin’s Ranch

yes

1

2’6”

300

yes

water and gas

3

R.G. & J.R. Williams

Dobbin’s Ranch

 

Golden Key

Rackerby

yes

1

2’

70

 

 

2

W.J. Mellon

Challenge

 

Hansonville

Brownsville

yes

1

3’8’

300

 

 

 

L.A. Wyman, Agent

Boston, Mass

 

Hibbert & Burris

Brown’s Valley

yes

1

4’

200

yes

steam

 

B. Burris & Mrs. E. Hibbert

Brown’s Valley

 

Hillside

Dobbin’s Ranch

yes

1

3’

200

 

 

 

R.L. Hill, Jr.

Oakland

 

Honeycomb

Camptonville

no

1

18”

500

yes

electric

 

M.F. Hrubanik

San Francisco

 

Jefferson

Brown’s Valley

yes

1

13’-18’

700

 

 

 

F.W. Johnson

Marysville

 

Last Chance

Brown’s Valley

no

1

4’

 

 

 

 

John Stevens

Brown’s Valley

 

Little Kingbird

Clipper Mills, Butte Co.

yes

2

2’

100

 

 

3

W.J. Mellon

Challenge

Upraising from tunnel to shaft

Lone Tree

Waldo

yes

1

18”

125

 

 

 

Excelsior W. & M. Co.

Smartsville

 

Mark Antony

Smartsville

yes

1

6’

300

 

 

 

Incorporated Co.

Marysville

S.O. Gunning, Mgr. Msvl

Mount Hope M. & M. Co.

Woodleaf

yes

1

4’

 

yes

steam

 

Mrs. M.A.G. Blake

Oakland

 

Nineteen Hundred and One

Brown’s Valley

yes

2

3’

 

 

 

 

E.A. Forbes & B. Burris

Marysville

 

Northern Light

Brown’s Valley

no

1

3’

35

 

 

 

Wm. M. Jefferds

Brown’s Valley

 

Nugget & Coronado M & M Co.

Smartsville

no

1

4’

 

 

 

 

J.H. McQuaid, Sec’y

Smartsville

 

Old Flag

Brown’s Valley

yes

1

3’

 

 

 

 

B. Burris & Mrs. E. Hibbert

Brown’s Valley

 

Old Hawkeye

Brown’s Valley

yes

1

18”-2’

 

 

 

 

F.W. Johnson & Mrs. E. Hibbert

Marysville

 

Ora Lewa

Rackerby

yes

1

30’

100

 

 

3

Ebert & Mellon

Marysville

 

Peerless

Smartsville

no

1

6’

100

 

 

 

Incorporated Co.

Smartsville

Jas. Byrne, Mgr.

Pennsylvania

Brown’s Valley

yes

1

8’10’

 

 

 

 

Incorporated Co.

Marysville

Owned by F.W. Johnson Msvl & Mrs. E. Hibbert B.V.

Rattlesnake

Brown’s Valley

yes

1

18”

 

 

 

 

Geo. Smethurst

Brown’s Valley

 

R.C.

Brownsville

yes

1

4’

 

yes

water

 

Reuben Clark

Monticello, Napa Co.

 

Red Cross

Dobbin’s Ranch

no

1

1’

100

 

 

3

W.N. Olmstead

Dobbin’s Ranch

 

Rogers

Rackerby

yes

1

2’

 

 

 

2

John Rogers

Rackerby

 

Santa Rosa

Rackerby

yes

1

3’-5’

60

yes

water

 

John Fonts

Rackerby

 

Seaborg & Davis

Rackerby

yes

1

8’

130

 

 

 

J.E. Ebert

Marysville

 

Smethurst

Brown’s Valley

yes

1

4’

 

yes

steam

6

Geo. Smethurst

Brown’s Valley

 

Spanish Mine

Rackerby

no

1

3’

80

 

 

 

W.J. Mellon

Challenge

 

Summit

Dobbin’s Ranch

yes

1

3’-6’

250

 

 

 

H. Conwell

Brownsville

 

Sweet Vengeance

Brown’s Valley

yes

1

20’

 

 

 

 

Incorporated Co.

San Francisco

C.C. Matthews, Oregon & F.C. Carmen, San Francisco

Too Handy

Brown’s Valley

yes

1

1’

 

 

 

 

Fred Purkiss

Chico

Not visited

Union

Brownsville

yes

1

5’

200

 

 

 

C. C. Beever

Brownsville

 

Whitney

Waldo

yes

1

--

150

 

 

 

Aden Wright & M.C. Ramsey

Waldo

Shaft all in quartz

 DRIFT MINES

Two listed:

Kingbird Mine, Clipper Mills, patented, 3,000 ft. elevation, Hampshire Creek, 30-200 ft. deep to bedrock, 400 ft. tunnel, 80 ft shaft, 300 ft. wide, owned by W.J. Mellon, Challenge, Coarse gravel and quartz boulders, has worked off and on since 1865 but now idle.

Old Pittsburg Mine, Camptonville, not patented, 3,000 ft. elevation, Deadwood Creek, 100 ft. deep to bedrock, 2,000 ft. tunnel, 100 ft. wide shaft, owned by Tom Long, Camptonville, worked in winter

GOLD DREDGES

Located near Marysville are 10 dredges listed, all supplied by Yuba River water, average about 3,000 cu. yds. per 24 hours, all Bucket Dredge, powered by electric, 8 mined by Yuba Con. Goldfields Dr. Co., 2 by Marysville Gold Dredging Co., Owner of all 10 listed as W.P. Hammon, Gen. Mgr.

HYDRAULIC MINES

NAME OF MINE NEAREST TOWN OR P.O. PATENTED AREA-ACRES WATER SOURCE OWNER ADDRESS REMARKS
Bean Boys Clipper Mills yes 150 Hampshire Creek Rufus Bean Clipper Mills, Butte Co. works during the winter
Blue Gravel Smartsville yes 75 1/2 South Yuba Excelsior W. & M. Co. Smartsville has not worked since 1897
Brandy Creek Camptonville no 250 Brandy Creek J.A. Stephens Camptonville works in winter
Deer Creek Smartsville yes 140 South Yuba Excelsior.... Smartsville part of mine in Nevada Co., leased to Black Swan Co. for drifting
Enterprise Smartsville yes 28 South Yuba Excelsior... Smartsville some ground sluicing & drifting of late years
Excelsior Smartsville yes 151 South Yuba Excelsior... Smartsville worked out
Golden Needle Brownsville yes 60 Forbestown Ditch B.D. Dobbyns Brownsville  
Horse Valley Camptonville yes 50 Willow Creek W.B. Meek Camptonville  
Joubert Co. Camptonville yes 40 Indian Creek Fred. K. Joubert Camptonville houses, tail flume & part of mine in Yuba Co.
Nevada Camptonville yes 200 Willow Creek R.W. Posthelthwaite & Bro. San Francisco  
Pittsburg Smartsville yes 31 South Yuba Excelsior... Smartsville  
Railroad Hill Camptonville no 35 French Creek W.B. Meek Camptonville  
Smartsville Con. Smartsville yes 33 South Yuba Excelsior.... Smartsville not worked of late years except some ground sluicing
Union Brownsville yes 40 Surface Drainage C.C. Beever Brownsville works during winter

PLACER AND BEACH MINES - all are worked with sluice boxes

NAME OF MINE NEAREST TOWN OR P.O. PATENTED OWNER NAME OWNER ADDRESS
Archimedes Smartsville no Archimedes Gold Dredging Co. Marysville
Bright Star Smartsville no J.E. Ebert Marysville
Fillmore Hill Smartsville yes S.O. Gunning Marysville
Forbes Smartsville no W.J. Forbes Brown's Valley
J.E. Ebert Smartsville no J.E. Ebert Marysville

 


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