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Once famous gold mining town...

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September 23, 1882

THE CALAVERAS CHRONICLE, Mokelumne Hill, California, Sept. 23, 1882 

* Rare Old West title
* Mark Twain fame
* Gold mining town

An uncommon from this county made famous by Mark Twain.  Curiously Gregory only records the weekly edition, not the daily, the former being held by just one institution with reasonable holdings. Several other institutions have but a few scattered issues.
Mokelumne Hill was one of the richest gold mining towns in California. Founded in 1848, the placers were so rich that the miners risked starvation rather than head to Stockton to replenish their supplies. Soon after, gold was discovered in the nearby hills, so much so that miners were restricted to claims of 16 sq. ft., and yet many of those claims were reported to have paid up to $20,000. By 1850 the town was one of the largest in the area, with its population reaching as high as 15,000 . Today the population is less than 700.
Four pages, various news & ads of the day, very nice, clean condition.

Category: The Old West