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Finding aid of the Patterson Mining Collection- Maps,1848-1936
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography / History
  • Chronology
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Other Finding Aids
  • Related Material
  • Separated Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Patterson Mining Collection- Maps, 1848-1936
    Dates: 1848-1936
    Collection Size: 1 box
    Repository: The Society of California Pioneers.
    San Francisco, California 94107-1272
    Abstract: : The collection, spanning 1848-1936, consists of manuscript mine maps including; surveys, claims, assays, with annotated manuscript annotations. The collection is housed in 1 box containing 153 m.s. maps. The bulk of the collection covers the period after the California Gold Rush (1848-1855) Numerous Nevada County mining maps are featured but there are a few other northern California counties also featured: Sierra County, Yuba County, Placer County, People that are prominently featured in the collection are Waldo Wade Waggoner (hydraulic mining engineer), W.F. Englebright ( mining engineer, Harry L. Englebright (mining engineer), F. L. Sizer ( surveyor) C. Hesse (mining engineer), C.H. Seymour (U.S. Developer), James J. Ott ( metallurgist, assayer) Major companies present in the collection are Milton Mining and Water company, California Power Works, South Yuba Mining Co, Henry Lund and Co.
    Physical location: Stored on-site at The Society Of California Pioneers
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    Collection is open by appointment for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with The Society of California Pioneers. All requests for permission to reproduce or publish must be submitted in writing to the Librarian.

    Preferred Citation

    Patterson Mining Collection- Maps, 1848-1936. The Society of California Pioneers.

    Acquisition Information

    Patterson Mining Collection and Mining Maps- donated by Donald Patterson

    Biography / History

    Williams Fellows Englebright William Fellows Englebright, born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, November 23, 1855. After completing his engineering studies with the U.S Navy, Englebright settles in Nevada City, California, as a mining engineer where he worked with W.W. Waggoner surveying mines and was latter appointed U.S. Deputy Mineral Surveyor. A Republican Englebright was elected to Congress. He represented the California 1st District 1906-1911 and owned the Berlin Consolidated Mine, Nevada City and was secretary of the Blue Consolidated Gravel Mining Company. After running unsuccessfully for reelection in 1910, he resumed his mining engineer career. He died in 1915.
    James J. Ott Chemist and Metallurgist James J. Ott, born in Schaffenhausen, Switzerland, February 29, 1826, was Nevada City�s (California) principal assayer, whose work was considered by many trustworthy. The first cousin of John Sutter, owner of Sutter�s Mill, Ott settled in Sierra County during the Gold Rush, opening a store where he sold mining equipment and melted gold dust. In 1852 he moved to Nevada City, California, where in collaboration with metallurgist Fredrick Blesseten created and perfected the Chlorination Process, which retrieves gold from quartz without losing much gold. His assay of Nevada ore in 1859 resulted in the discovery of the Comstock Lode, which set off the silver rush. People throughout the world consulted Ott before buying mines.
    Waldo Wade Waggoner ( W.W. Waggoner) Born in Illinois June 14, 1860, W.W. Waggoner played a key role in the expansion of the gold mining industry. Those who guided important mining operations in Nevada County and other adjoining countries considered Waggoner a trustworthy associate. Graduating from the University of Illinois with a mining degree, he was best known for being a hydraulic mining engineer and U.S. Deputy Mineral Surveyor in Nevada City, California. In his youth he traveled to Persia and Central America settling in Nevada City in the 1890s. He surveyed mines with William F. Englebright. Waggoner was State Debris Commissioner and in 1906 W.B. Bourne of Eureka Lake and River Canal Company and the Northern Water and Power Company hired Waggoner as chief engineer. He was a member of the American Society of Civil engineers and president of the local chamber of commerce. Waggoner died in 1939.
    Milton Bloomfield Mining and Gravel Company Milton Mine and Water Company was founded in 1872 as an offshoot of the Northern Bloomfield Gravel Mining Company. It conducted hydraulic gold-mining in French Corral, Nevada County. It owned one of the state�s main water ditches which provided water for its hydraulic ventures and three dams which formed the English reservoir. The Milton Mining and Water Company operated the world�s first long-distance telephone line (sixty miles), which was built in 1877 by the Ridge Telephone Company for the mining company and two others in the area, North Bloomfield Mining Company and eureka Lake and Yuba Canal Company. The communication provided by this phone helped these mining companies control water flowing from reservoirs to their hydraulic mining activities. This type of mining was outlawed in 1884. The company�s former building site in Nevada County is California landmark No. 247
    Grass Valley Mining County Grass Valley was the richest and most famous gold-mining district in California. The value of the total output of the lode mines is estimated to have been at least $300 million, and the placer mines yielded a few million dollars more worth of gold. The two largest operations, the Empire-Star and Idaho-Maryland groups, had total outputs of $130 million and $70 million, respectively. Many famous mining engineers and geologists worked in the Grass Valley district. A number of important inventions and improvements were made in mining and milling equipment in the Grass Valley gold mines. Many of the miners were of Cornish descent and were often known as "Cousin jacks". For many years the town and the mines were served by the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad, which extended north from Colfax. Grass Valley is the location of the Empire Mine, one of the richest mines in California. Many of those who came to settle in Grass Valley were tin miners from Cornwall. They were attracted to the California gold fields because the same skills needed for deep tin mining were needed for hard rock (deep) gold mining. Many of them specialized in pumping the water out of very deep mining shafts. This coincided with a glut in Cornish tin mining.

    Chronology

    1848-1936 Patterson Mining Collection - Maps

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection, spanning 1848-1936, consists of manuscript mine maps including; surveys, claims, assays, with annotated manuscript annotations. The collection is housed in 1 box containing 153 m.s. maps. The bulk of the collection covers the period after the California Gold Rush (1848-1855) Numerous Nevada County mining maps are featured but there are a few other northern California counties also featured: Sierra County, Yuba County, Placer County, People that are prominently featured in the collection are Waldo Wade Waggoner (hydraulic mining engineer), W.F. Englebright ( mining engineer, Harry L. Englebright (mining engineer), F. L. Sizer ( surveyor) C. Hesse (mining engineer), C.H. Seymour (U.S. Developer), James J.Ott ( metallurgist, assayer) Major companies present in the collection are Milton Mining and Water company, California Power Works, South Yuba Mining Co, Henry Lund and Co.
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    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Mine Maps
    Mining -California-Sierra- 19th century
    Mining -California- Yuba - 19th century
    Mining -California-Placer - 19th century
    Sizer, F.L
    Jones, Stephen J M.E.
    Hesse, C. M.E
    Englebright, William Fellows
    Seymour, C.H. U.S. Del
    Waggoner, W.W. (Waldo Wade)
    Milton Bloomfield Mine and Water Company
    Grass Valley Mining Country
    Milller, Fred M.E.
    Cherokee, Driseod
    Browne, Ross M.E.
    Olson, P

    Other Finding Aids

    Patterson Mining Collection

    Related Material

    Milton Mining Company Box B002150,3-23a,C012421 Box B000267,3-22a,C012400 Box B002151,3-23a,C055909 Box B000273,3-21e,C056750 Harry L.Englebright Box B000266,3-22a,C012428 Box B001330,3-15e,C012316 James Ott Box B001187,3-15g,C004814

    Separated Material

    There is a collection of manuscripts accompanying the Patterson Mining Collection. Please inquire separately concerning this collection.