Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Oregon Mining History Research

***** Searching for Gold in the Rogue River Valley *****
Nathaniel “Yank” McNair was responsible  for the first permanent settlement on the  terrace now known as the Rand National  Historic Site. It was here that McNair staked  the Big Yank Placer Mine. In August 1874,  Yank discovered rich gold quartz veins  about one mile downstream from his placer  claim. Within a few months, Yankville, a  small logging and sawmill camp, emerged on McNair’s placer claim to supply lumber  for the mining operations downstream.  However, limited access and poor mining  technology soon resulted in a failed exploitation and the demise of the little camp of  Yankville. Around 1900, the Rand Mining Company  purchased the Big Yank Placer mining  property, which included the former site of  Yankville. In 1905, the company surveyed  the terrace to lay out lots for a town site they  called Rand. The name Rand came from  Witwatersrand, a gold-laden ridge in South  Africa. In 1906, the Rand Mining Company  joined the Almeda Mining Company to form  the Almeda Consolidated Mines Company.   Several dwellings and the Rand School were  constructed on the town site.
***** Jacksonville, Oregon *****

With the discovery of gold in Jacksonville,  Oregon, in 1852, Oregon’s Willamette Valley farmers made their way south over the  California-Oregon Trail into the Rogue River  Valley in hopes of striking it rich. Miners  swarmed the Rogue River and other rivers  in the area scouring the banks for gold and  displacing local Native American bands. The  most accessible and valuable deposits were  largely extracted during the 1850s, however,  mining still continues throughout the valley  today.
***** Rand, Oregon *****
Rand National Historic Site 
Rogue National Wild and Scenic River - Public Lands USA: Use - Free EBook on Oregon's History.
The Rand National Historic Site (Rand) is  located in southwestern Oregon approximately 25 miles northwest of Grants Pass,  Oregon, and 3 miles downstream from the  community of Galice. Rand is located on a  terrace on the west side of the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River in steep, mountainous country with elevations ranging from  700 feet at the river’s edge to 4,000 feet on  nearby peaks. See more

By: Krysta Garrison

Monday, May 4, 2015

Oregon Historical Mining Information

Oregon Historical Mining Information

Currently in the News - Josephine Co. Galice District April 2015
    Oregon & Mining have been part of our rich history since Oregon's earliest years.

    Just to name a few 
    Currently in Josephine County mining claims have fallen under attempted siege. Disputes currently are being debated, and calling on Oath Keepers for Help.
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