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San Bernardino County:

MINING IN NORTHWEST SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

The northwest portion of San Bernardino County has been one of the most prolific sources of silver in the state, and has produced less important quantities of gold and copper. The rich mines near Calico produced tens of millions of dollars worth of silver prior to 1890, and hold potential for millions more. Dry placer mining for gold was successfully carried out at least as early as 1900 at Coolgardie and also at Williams Well, Murphys Well and Goldstone. Hardrock gold mining was carried out at Goldstone, Fremont Peak, Kramer, and the Olympus Mine. Copper was mined at Copper City and at the Camp Vera Group just before and immediately after the turn of the century, and sometime later at Slocum,'s Mine. The area is the site of the only commercial opal mine in the California Desert.

    Waterman

    Five years before the famous silver discoveries at Calico, George G. Lee discovered what he thought was ...

    Calico

    On April 6, 1881, S. C. Wardan, Hues Thomas and John C. King located claims on Calico Mountain. They ...

    Alvord Mine

    The Alvord Consolidated Quartz Mining Company, in February, 1881, agreed to issue 75,000 shares of ...

    Kramer

    In July 1884, the Kramer Siding on the Santa Fe Railroad had but one inhabitant, the depot agent. However ...

    Coolgardie

    About May, 1900, placer gold was discovered in shallow gravel 20 miles north of Barstow by ...

    Slocum Camp-Opal Camp

    Slocum Camp, near Copper City, derives its name from Dr. Samuel Slocum. Dr. Slocum and his wife ...

    Copper City

    Copper City reportedly was first discovered in the 1880s. In 1898, Copper City was alive and the Juanita ...

    Goldstone

    Gold was reportedly discovered at Goldstone as early as the 1880s. During the late summer of 1910, a well ...

    Crutts

    About the time Goldstone sprang into prominence, another dot appeared on the map a few miles ...

    Paradise Mine

    In 1888, large deposits of gold ore were known to exist at Paradise. The ore was reported to pay ...

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