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Pages of History: Area could see its own gold rush

From the pages the Crescent City American, 1932.

With the discovery of gold, platinum, iridium and native quicksilver about the first of the month, placer veins six miles east of Crescent City are reported to contain gold ore valued as high as $100 per yard.

This is according to Ernest Hey, metallurgist and assayer, and H.C. Mobley, Alaska mining man. Hey and Mobley filed 18 claims.

Del Norte County was undergoing suppressed excitement when it was reported by Hey that the area contained millions of yards with the gold averaging $8 per yard. 

The placer deposit, covering hundreds of yard, is an ancient river bed, Hey says, containing mercury filiform masses, or fine gold and platinum globules. 

The land on which the placer deposits were discovered is claimed by the Del Norte Timber Company, whose headquarters are in Eau Claire, Wis.

Other residents of Crescent City have filed claims, totaling more than 100.

Big shot from Big Flat

Bob Steven, whom we are given to understand will be a candidate for mayor of Big Flat, was in from that famed summer playground Wednesday.


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