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Near La Porte in Plumas County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Port Wine

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 29, 2012
1. Port Wine Marker
Inscription. Port Wine had its beginning in early 1850. By 1851 surface mining had declined, but hydraulic mining instilled new life into the area. Port Wine was described as a religious and sober town in 1863. There was a post office and Wells Fargo Express building in town. Port Wine had an active ski or “snow shoe” racing club, and competed against other mining towns in the area.

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Erected by US Forest Service, Plumas National Forest.
 
Location. 39° 39.637′ N, 120° 56.995′ W. Marker is near La Porte, California, in Plumas County. Marker is on Port Wine Ridge Road (County Route 690). Click for map. Marker is located in the Plumas National Forest. Marker is in this post office area: Strawberry Valley CA 95981, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Port Wine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 29, 2012
2. Port Wine Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Benjamin W. Barnes (approx. 2.2 miles away); “Quick Silver Charley” (approx. 2.2 miles away); La Porte’s Chinese Community (approx. 2.3 miles away); Fuller & Buell (approx. 2.4 miles away); Reilly’s Saloon (approx. 2.4 miles away); Frank D. Everts (approx. 2.4 miles away); Cleve O’Rourke Memorial Stampmill (approx. 2.4 miles away); John Conly & Co. Bankers (approx. 2.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in La Porte.
 
More about this marker. The Port Wine marker was found by following the directions in the US Forest Service pamphlet Auto Tour of Historic Sites on the Plumas National Forest which says:
"From the La Porte Cemetery reset your odometer and proceed on Church Street which will turn into County
Road 791 (a gravel road) outside of the town of La Porte. Go 1.8 miles to the Slate Creek bridge. Cross the bridge and travel 2.0 miles to a "T" intersection with County Road 690. Turn Right and go 1.6 miles to the Port Wine sign."
Some faith in the instructions may be required as none of the roads have signs.
The Auto Tour also leads to the towns of St. Louis, Howland Flat, Poker Flat (of Bret Harte fame) and Gibsonville. The road to Poker Flat requires a high clearance, 4WD vehicle and was not attempted. The
Signs of Hydraulic Mining at Port Wine image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 29, 2012
3. Signs of Hydraulic Mining at Port Wine
signs for St. Louis, Howland Flat and Gibsonville are missing.
 
Also see . . .  California Ghost Towns - Port Wine - The Velvet Rocket. Located in Plumas County near the town of La Porte (which is not a ghost town), Port Wine had its beginnings in early 1850. Stories about the naming of the town include miners finding a barrel of Port hidden in the bushes and another story tells of finding a keg of cognac. No one knows now. (Submitted on June 15, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Signs of Hydraulic Mining at Port Wine image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 29, 2012
4. Signs of Hydraulic Mining at Port Wine
Slate Creek Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 30, 2012
5. Slate Creek Bridge
Howland Flat image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 29, 2012
6. Howland Flat
Howland Flat image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 29, 2012
7. Howland Flat
Howland Flat Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 29, 2012
8. Howland Flat Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 421 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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