Utica Mining Disaster - Angels Camp, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 38° 04.350 W 120° 32.579
10S E 715523 N 4216709
Quick Description: Headstone commemorating 14 miners lost in a gold mine
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 6/3/2008 7:36:58 PM
Waymark Code: WM3Y59
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 52

Long Description:

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This little headstone commemorates just a few of the many lives lost in the California Gold Rush.

This monument in Utica Park marks the location of the North Shaft of Utica Mine, one of California's most successful gold mines. Between 1865 and 1905, the mine yielded more than $40 million, four million of it in only 30 months between 1893 to 1895.

In 1889, the mine was the site of the area's worst mine disaster when 17 men were buried as the North Shaft collapsed. Three miners managed to escape but it took years to recover the bodies of those who weren't so lucky. The last two remained buried for 12 years.

We couldn't find any online reference to this mining disaster, so, thanks to the Native Daughters of the Golden West, this little monument (and this waymark) might as well be the only reminder of fourteen souls claimed by the Gold Rush.

Disaster Date: 08/01/1889

Date of dedication: 05/01/1998

Memorial Sponsors: Native Daughters of the Golden West, Ruby Parlor

Disaster Type: Technological

Parking Coordinates: Not Listed

Relevant Website: Not listed

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