Panorama of Downieville, Calif., ca. 1860-ca. 1870

Processed by Chris McDonald.
The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California 94720-6000

Panorama of Downieville, Calif., ca. 1860-ca. 1870

BANC PIC 1982.081 -- E

The Bancroft Library

University of California

Berkeley, California 1996
Finding aid and digital representations of archival materials funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
    Processed and encoded by:
    California Heritage Digital Image Access Project staff in The Bancroft Library and The Library's Electronic Text Unit
    Digital images processed by:
    The Library Photographic Service
    Finding aid completed:
    November 1996
© 1996 The Regents of the University of California

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Panorama of Downieville, Calif.,
Date: ca. 1860-ca. 1870
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1982.081 -- E
Extent: 1 panorama photograph (2 photographic prints), mounted, 27 x 80 cm. 2 digital objects
Repository: The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is available for use.

Publication Rights

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Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item] Panorama of Downieville, Calif., BANC PIC 1982.081 --E, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Digital Representations Available

Digital representations of selected original pictorial materials are available in the list of materials below. Digital image files were prepared from selected Library originals by the Library Photographic Service. Library originals were copied onto 35mm color transparency film; the film was scanned and transferred to Kodak Photo CD (by Custom Process); and the Photo CD files were color-corrected and saved in JFIF (JPEG) format for use as viewing files.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Panorama of Downieville, Calif. photograph was purchased in 1982.

Scope and Content

The Panorama of Downieville, Calif. was taken circa 1870 by an unidentified photographer. The mounted 2-plate albumen photograph pictures an eastward view of the town settled in 1849 by a group of prospectors led by "Major" William Downie, a native of Scotland, after whom the town is named. Originally called "The Forks," Downieville is located at the fork of the North Yuba and Downie Rivers, the latter veering northward to the left in the photograph. A year after its settlement, as a result of successful mining, the town had a population of several thousand. In 1851 the town gained notoriety following the lynch-mob trial and hanging of Juanita, a Sonoran woman who stabbed to death an English miner after he broke into her home during Fourth of July festivities. The town is the present seat of Sierra County.
Among the points of interest pictured in the panorama, in addition to the fork of the rivers, are the Sierra County Courthouse, right; the Catholic Church, far left; the Methodist Church, center; Main Street, left of center, with the Armory Hall Livery Stable and the McDonald Hotel both visible; the Downie Hotel, right of center; and cemeteries to the far left and along the eastern ridge left of center.
That the panorama was possibly either produced or came to be used for purposes of documentation in Downieville legal proceedings is suggested by the label appearing on the mount verso, which reads: "To amend an act entitled, ` An act to entitle any person or persons to divert the waters of any river or stream, and run the same through any ditch or flume, and to provide for the right of way through the lands of others,' Approved March 3, 1866."

Container Listing


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