Thompson's Dry Diggings

Thompson's Dry Diggings (HM1BX1)

Location: Yreka, CA 96097 Siskiyou County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 44.182', W 122° 38.837'

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Gold was discovered here in March, 1851 by Abraham Thompson, member of a party which was enroute (sic) from Oregon to Scott Bar. Following a heavy rain storm, particles of gold in the roots of grass pulled up by pack animals caused Thompson to wash three pans of gravel. The result convinced the party that the area was rich enough to work. In the party were Dr. F.G. Hearn, Judge Silas J. Day and Mr. Bell, Thompson's partner. All staked claims on these flats, thirty feet square, and it was named "Thompson's Dry Diggings". Within six weeks 2,00 prospectors rushed here to mine, but need of water caused the settlement to move to the creek, and it became known as Shasta Butte City. This name being confused with Shasta in Shasta County, was changed to "I-E-KA", the Indian word for Mt. Shasta, "now Yreka" in 1852.

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Siskiyou County Historical Society
1948
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HM NumberHM1BX1
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Year Placed1948
Placed BySiskiyou County Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 4:20am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 529331 N 4620566
Decimal Degrees41.73636667, -122.64728333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 44.182', W 122° 38.837'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 44' 10.92" N, 122° 38' 50.22" W
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Area Code(s)530
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 819 Yama St, Yreka CA 96097, US
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