Title:Société anonyme des mines de Golden River records
Creator/Contributor:Société anonyme des mines de Golden River, creator, creator.
Creator/Contributor:Hoffmann, C. F. (Charles Frederick), 1838-1913, correspondent.
Creator/Contributor:Selby Smelting & Lead Co. (San Francisco, Calif.), corresopondent.
Records relating to the operation of the Red Point Mine near Damascus, California. Records include two bound ledger journals,
expenses sheets, vouchers, receipts, proofs of labor, etc. Ledgers and expenses sheets have printed headings in French with
manuscript entries in English. Documents cover the operation from its earliest founding until it was leased to others around
1904. Includes one letter from Charles Frederick Hoffman, the original mining engineer on the project.
Hoffmann, C. F. (Charles Frederick) -- 1838-1913 -- Correspondence
Société anonyme des mines de Golden River -- Archives
Selby Smelting & Lead Co. (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Correspondence
Gold mines and mining -- California -- Placer County
Red Point Mine (Placer County, Calif.)
Société anonyme des mines de Golden River records, BANC MSS 2018/120, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase from Barney F. Chapman ; 2018.
The Société Anonyme des Mines de Golden River (also referred to as the Golden River Mining Company) was a French investment
group that actively searched the Foresthill Divide for mining opportunities. In 1886, they hired C.F. Hoffman, a prominent
mining engineer, who located an area of interest northeast about a mile and a half south of the old mining town of Damascus
in Placer County, California. On July 2, 1886, the Red Point tunnel was started with six men working full time. The Red Point
Mine was considered one of the greatest placer mines in California. It was heralded for its innovation with the steam engine,
its high grade gold, profitability, and mining techniques.
Charles Frederick Hoffmann (1838-1913) was a German-American topographer. He was recruited by Josiah Whitney to join the California
Geological Survey because of his valuable skill as a topographer. Hoffmann is largely responsible for introducing topography
to the United States.
In French and English.
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