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Sonora in Tuolumne County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Bonanza Mine

King of the Pocket Mines

 
 
Bonanza Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Wisehart, April 28, 2008
1. Bonanza Mine Marker
Inscription. Discovered 1851, by Chileans, they took out a substantial amount of free gold.
Early 1870's acquired by James Divoll, Charles Clark, and Joseph Bray, sinking a shaft 1500 ft. in 1877. Big strike came in 1879, 990 lbs. of gold was removed in one week, valued over $300,000.
The mine yielded fortunes to Alonzo Colby, Edward Kiel, Albert Johnson, J.B. Harriman, and David R. Oliver, "All of Sonora".
No true record of the yield, but it ran into the millions.
 
Erected 1988 by Matuca Chapter No. 1849, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 59.398′ N, 120° 23.079′ W. Marker is in Sonora, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker is at the intersection of North Washington Street (State Highway 49) and School Road, on the left when traveling north on North Washington Street. Click for map. Marker is on the southwest corner of the intersection, across the street from Sonora High School. Marker is in this post office area: Sonora CA 95370, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rother's Corner (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sonora IOOF Lodge No. 10 (approx. 0.3 miles away);
Bonanza Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Wisehart, April 28, 2008
2. Bonanza Mine Marker
View is southerly looking down N. Washington Street towards downtown Sonora. School Road leads to the right (west).
-Yo- Semite House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Original Site of the Sonora Daily (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of the First Office of The Union Democrat (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tuolumne County Albert N. Francisco Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tuolumne County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Veterans Memorial Building (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sonora.
 
Regarding Bonanza Mine. The Bonanza Mine underlies a portion of the city of Sonora. Buildings, most notably The Red Church, have reported recent settlement into the mines abandoned shafts and drifts.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard Wisehart of Sonora, California. This page has been viewed 2,103 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Richard Wisehart of Sonora, California. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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