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Guide to the Garden Valley Mining Properties Collection, 1934-1938
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Correspondence, agreements, deeds, leases, lists, and reports concerning Black Oak Mine and Clark Mining Properties, Garden Valley, California.
Garden Valley, California lies between Georgetown and Coloma in El Dorado County, at the junction of Irish and Empire Creeks, and had a post office by 1852. It is said that the name was given because it was more profitable to grow vegetables there than to mine. However, it was a busy mining area by 1852. Over the years, more than a million dollars was taken out of the Black Oak Mine. It was reopened in 1934 by Russell J. Wilson.
Please credit California State Library.