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Guide to the Garden Valley Mining Properties Collection, 1934-1938
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Garden Valley Mining Properties Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1934-1938
    Box Number: 1421
    Collector: Talisman Press
    Extent: 1 box
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Conditions of Use

    Please credit California State Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Garden Valley Mining Properties Collection, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Gold mines and mining--California--El Dorado County
    Dayton Consolidated Mines Company
    Garden Valley Mining Company
    Black Oak Mine


    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.
    Through the legal instruments and correspondence in this collection it is possible to trace the attempts made to develop the reopened Black Oak Mine and the Clark and Davey properties in and near Garden Valley between 1934 and 1938. The Dayton Consolidated Mines Company was the principal entity so engaged.


    • Dayton Consolidated Mines Company
    • Henley, W. J.
    • Jacobson, A. N.
    • Wilson, Russell J.

    Material Transferred from the Collection

    • Twenty-one photographs of mines and other scenes in the Georgetown area.