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Where was Whiskey Diggings?

Where was Whiskey Diggings?

Mike Glenn (View posts)
Posted: 1163957489000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Lowe, Gilson, Brady
Where was Whiskey Diggings located?
The 1860 US census for Sierra County, CA, Roll 66 Book 1,
Page 850 is listed as Whiskey Diggings ____________ .
The last word of this location I can't read on the census
image. I also don't find the place on any current Sierra county
maps.
Ancestors Byron Lowe, Rebecca (spouse), son Warren Brady and others are second household on this page.
Seeking info on these people, as well.
Thanks, Mike

Re: Where was Whiskey Diggings?

Posted: 1164918743000
Classification: Query
There's a Whiskey Diggins canal listed in Topozone. URL is <http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=38.9633&lon=-121.183...;

You may have to play with map some to figure out its relationship to more well known locations. Grid location is also provided.

Vern D

Re: Where was Whiskey Diggings?

Vern Dander (View posts)
Posted: 1164921893000
Classification: Query
Surnames: LOWE, LOW
Tried search for LOWE in Sierra county 1860 in Heritage Quest and got nada. However did find a LOW which seems to fit your other parameters (first names). Heritage Quest microfiche pretty good and location you're looking for is Whiskey Diggings Township #8.

Post Office on same census page is Gibsonville. If typical, suspect this is a more pinpoint location than the township. You can find it at Topozone URL:

<http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=39.7403&lon=-120.908...;

As you've probably already found out, Goggle usually comes up with a location in Plumas county for Whiskey Diggings.

Vern D

Re: Where was Whiskey Diggings?

Posted: 1171848934000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1172022889000
Hi,
I was talking to my mother about Whiskey Diggings. My mother said it was on the old LaPorte road by Howland flats. She said it was near Port Wine which are old towns no longer there. My pioneer ancestors settled in Sierra County in the 1850's, also in Plumas County. I have a great deal of information on this area if you are interested. Kathleen Decker

Re: Where was Whiskey Diggings?

Posted: 1171903959000
Classification: Query
I would be interested in information on this area. My Porter and Rose families were in this area (Goodyears Bar, Pike, Nevada City, Plum Valley) that I know of for certain 1866 to as late as 1936 for some of the men. The women left earlier for Alamdea County and San Francisco. I'm having a difficult time locating records on them.

Re: Where was Whiskey Diggings?

Posted: 1171951816000
Classification: Query
The jurisdiction is Whiskey Diggins Township No. 8.

Byron N. Low is listed as a miner, 28, b. NY
Rebecca is 29, b. IL
Warren Brady, 11, b. IL
+ 2 others

It is indexed in Ancestry.com under Byron N. Lew and Warren Brady.

Chuck Knuthson
Sierra Co. GenWeb

Re: Where was Whiskey Diggings?

Posted: 1171952781000
Classification: Query
In Erwin G. Gudde’s book, _California Gold Camps: A Geographical and Historical Dictionary of Camps, Towns, and Localities Where Gold Was Found and Mined; Wayside Stations and Trading Centers_ (Berkeley/Los Angeles/London: University of California Press, 1975), I found the following references:

“Pine Grove [Sierra]. In the Slate Creek Basin, at the Yuba County line. Shown on Trask's map, 1853, and on later maps. Lecouvreur was here in the summer of 1852, apparently before gold deposits were discovered, and gives a poetic description of the place (pp. 231 f.). In September of the same year, John Clark calls it "a new place with 5 or 600 inhabitants" ("The California Guide"). According to Vischer (pp. 238, 240) and _Transactions_, 1858 (pp. 198 ff.), the mining was mainly tunnel work. The _Mining Press_, October 19, 1861, reports that 6 thousand dollars' worth was washed out from one tunnel in eight hours. A detailed account of the Comet, a cooperative mining undertaking, is given in Raymond, V (p. 81). In 1879 there was still some hydraulic mining, and Hayes Mine is listed in Mining Bureau reports until 1942." [Gudde, p. 267.] [There is also a Pine Grove in Amador, Placer and Yuba Counties.]

“Whiskey Diggings [Sierra]. On Little Slate Creek, near the Plumas County line. Shown as Whiskey on Trask's map, 1853. The camp is mentioned by John Clark in "The California Guide," September 3, 1852. The _Alta_, February 24, 1854 reprints an item from the Gibsonville _Trumpet_ which reports that a greenhorn picked up a nugget of twenty-seven ounces on his first day of mining. There was prosperous tunnel work in progress when Vischer (p. 240) visited the place in 1859. One of the diggings averaged 700 dollars weekly in the winter of 1861 and 1862 (_Mining Press_, March 16, 1861; July 16, 1862). The camp was also known as Whiskey and Newark (Bancroft Scraps, V, p. 1782). The place is still mentioned as a part of the Gibsonville district in 1918 (_Mining Bureau_, XVI, Sierra, p. 11)." [Gudde, p. 368-369.] [There is also a Whiskey Diggings, Hill in nearby Placer County.]

Chuck Knuthson
Sierra County GenWeb

Re: Where was Whiskey Diggings?

Posted: 1173719692000
Classification: Query
Whiskey Diggings is in Plumas County. The following web site goes to the Roots Web page in Plumas County Gen Web for Whiskey Diggings. It tell where it is and what is there today.

ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/ca/plumas/cemeteries/whi...

Re: Where was Whiskey Diggings?

Posted: 1195440104000
Classification: Query
Dear Kathleen, I am very interested in the Whiskey Diggings area. The cemetary there is located near the camp lodge that we operate. If you have any information that we could share with our campers and make them more aware of the history of the families represented with these graves, it would be very much appreciated. thanks for any help that you could give, Tom Veneman

Re: Where was Whiskey Diggings?

Posted: 1195442978000
Classification: Query
Hi Tom,
Whiskey Diggings was also called Newark. It was near Scales, Port Wine and Strawberry Valley. My grandmother taught in Scales. I really don't know anything about that area. My ancestors had a stage stop in a place called Rocky Point. They were the Yarringtons, and the Vanns. Hope this helps a little. Kathleen
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