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From: Chuck Knuthson <>
Subject: Re: [CASIERRA] Where was Whiskey Diggings?
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2006 23:43:09 -0800 (PST)


In Erwin G. Gudde’s book, _California Place Names: The Origin and Etymology of Current Geographical Names_ (Berkeley/Los Angeles/London: University of California Press, 1940; Fourth edition by William Bright, 1998), was found the following reference:

“Whiskey Diggings [Sierra]. On Little Slate Creek, near the Plumas County line. Shown as Whiskey on Trask's map, 1853. The camp is mentioned by John Clark in "The California Guide," September 3, 1852. The _Alta_, February 24, 1854 reprints an item from the Gibsonville _Trumpet_ which reports that a greenhorn picked up a nugget of twenty-seven ounces on his first day of mining. There was prosperous tunnel work in progress when Vischer (p. 240) visited the place in 1859. One of the diggings averaged 700 dollars weekly in the winter of 1861 and 1862 (_Mining Press_, March 16, 1861; July 16, 1862). The camp was also known as Whiskey and Newark (Bancroft Scraps, V, p. 1782). The place is still mentioned as a part of the Gibsonville district in 1918 (_Mining Bureau_, XVI, Sierra, p. 11)." [Gudde, p. 368-369.]

The Sierra County Clerk-Recorder's office at the courthouse in Downieville (the county seat) has many vital records (birth, marriage, death) dating from the county's formation in 1852. These early records are not complete but are worth a look. They may provide some family information. (California did not begin statewide recording of vital records until July 1905.)

I hope this helps.

Chuck Knuthson
Sierra County, CA GenWeb

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