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Silver mining claim deeds : Alpine County, Calif., 1871-1883.
BANC MSS 2009/7 folder 7:1; BANC MSS 2009/7 folder 7:2; BANC MSS 2009/7 folder 7:3; BANC MSS 2009/7 folder 7:4; ...
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Silver mining claim deeds: Alpine County, Calif., 1871-1883


Chalmers, Lewis.


Syme, Henry.


Seven notarized deeds for mining rights and lodes in the Scandinavian CaƱon Silver Mountain and Great Mogul mining districts, Alpine County, Calif. Deed details include the names of lodes, ledges, mining companies, and mining claims as well as survey measurements and markers. Six of the deeds were executed by Lewis Chalmers, as an agent for Henry Syme of London, England. The deeds are signed by District Recorders, W.W. Harvey and L.M. Buel.


1871 (issued)


[1]. Segregated OK on Treat and Dodge ground in Township No. 2, June 20,1871 -- [2]. Norfolk Buckeye and Extenuate lodes, Aug. 15, 1871 -- [3]. Nine mining rights to several companies and lodes, Aug. 21, 1871 -- [4]. Ben Lemond ledge (formerly the Ophir), Jan. 11, 1872 -- [5]. Seven mining rights to several companies and lodes, July 30, 1872 -- [6]. Great Mogul District mining claims, July 21, 1881 -- [7]. Mogul mining district claims, Feb. 23, 1883.


Silver Mountain Mining District.
Great Mogul Mining District.
Silver mines and mining -- California -- Alpine County
Mines and mineral resources -- California -- Alpine County
Silver Mountain (Calif.) -- History
Alpine County (Calif.) -- History


Silver mining claim deeds : Alpine County, Calif., 1871-1883, BANC MSS 2009/7, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase; from Austinson; 20041201.
In English.
Mining for silver began in the region of Alpine County, California, before it became a county in 1864. Many Scandinavian prospectors came to mine the area and establish claims. The Silver Mountain Mining District, formed in 1861, was named after the mountain where the first claims were made. Silver mining enthusiasm in Alpine County began a downward spiral shortly after establishing Silver Mountain City as the county seat of Alpine County. The population dropped considerably and a demonetization of silver occurred in 1873. As the downward spiral progressed, British investors began to purchase major mines. Lewis Chalmers, Esq., used much of the British capital to purchase mines. An investor named Henry Syme of No. 60, Palace Garden Terrace, Kensington, Middlesex, England, and of 114 Palmerston Building, London, England provided much of the capital for these investment.
Related collection: Exchequer Gold and Silver Mining Company, Ltd. letter copybook, 1873-1874 (BANC MSS 2003/280 c).
Related collection: Henry Syme, 1862-1882; Also located at; California State Library; Library and Courts Building II, 900 N. Street, Room 200, P.O. Box 942837, Sacramento, California 94237-0001.



Physical Description:

7 folders.




BANC MSS 2009/7 folder 7:1
BANC MSS 2009/7 folder 7:2
BANC MSS 2009/7 folder 7:3
BANC MSS 2009/7 folder 7:4
BANC MSS 2009/7 folder 7:5
BANC MSS 2009/7 folder 7:6
BANC MSS 2009/7 folder 7:7
BANC MSS 2009/7