The Pioneer Reduction Company processed gold ore in Nevada City, California. The
collection contains organizational records (by-laws, check stubs, bullion book, and stock certificate register)
as well as correspondence regarding the plant's operation.
Benjamin Hall was born near Manchester, England on May 28, 1867 to Robert and Rachel (Sykes) Hall. He arrived
in Nevada City, California in April 1880. He began his career as a mechanical engineer in a quartz mill in
Calaveras County. In 1892, with Joe Northey, Northey's son, and William Black, he purchased the Maltman
Reduction Works, a plant established in 1858 in Nevada City. In 1893, they incorporated it as the Pioneer
Reduction Company. Hall served as President.
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