“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Angels Camp in Calaveras County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Utica Mine North Shaft

Utica Mine North Shaft Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 20, 2009
1. Utica Mine North Shaft Marker
Inscription. Utica Mine, the most important mine in the Angels District, set national records in the 1890's producing more than 4 million dollars in gold in 30 months. The Utica was also the site of Angels Camp's worst mine disaster when 17 men were buried when the North Shaft collapsed in 1889. Three men escaped through the adjoining South Shaft. The bodies of those who died were recovered over a period of years, the last two remained buried for 12 years. The Utica properties expanded to include the Stickle, the Utica Cross-Shaft, and Gold Cliff Mines. Combined production totaled 16.4 million dollars from 1887-1918 when Angels Camp's gold mining era ended.

This site is dedicated by Ruby Parlor #46, N.D.G.W.
May 1, 1998

Erected 1998 by Ruby Parlor #46, Native Daughters of the Golden West.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 38° 4.323′ N, 120° 32.585′ W. Marker is in Angels Camp, California, in Calaveras County. Marker is on Utica Lane north of Sam's Way, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Angels Camp CA 95222, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
Utica Mine - General View, from Historic American Buildings Survey image. Click for full size.
Unknown, Provided Courtesy of Historical American Building Survey
2. Utica Mine - General View, from Historic American Buildings Survey
According to the Historic American Building Survey notes for the Utica Mine, "Utica Mine consolidation of six other claims reached total production in gold of $17,000,000, when it closed down in 1915. Most famous mine between Carson Hill and Jackson. James G. Fair owned Utica Mine in the 1860's, when it was called "Invincible". Fair sold to James T. Boyd and Judge Delos Lake in 1865. Lake renamed it "Utica" after his hometown in New York. The "Utica" did not produce well and was closed down for 20 years. Reopened in 1890's, its greatest period of production was from 1893-1895, when it was owned by Hobart Estate and operated by Charley Lane as Superintendent."
distance of this marker. Mark Twain (within shouting distance of this marker); Our Vietnam Era Veterans (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lightner Mine (about 400 feet away); Claussen’s Corner (approx. ¼ mile away); Veterans Memorial Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); A. Brosemer Building (approx. ¼ mile away); Stalactite/Stalagmite (approx. ¼ mile away); Ol' Beth (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Angels Camp.
More about this marker. The marker is located in the Sitting Garden of Utica Park, between the south parking lot and restrooms.
Also see . . .  Gold Mine on Fire. In addition to the cave-in disaster reported on the marker, the Utica suffered a serious fire on August 17, 1897, as depicted in this wire report: "The great Utica mine is on fire. Flames and smoke were discovered issuing from the 800-foot level this morning. It was with difficulty that the shift made their escape. Six men were cut off, but made their way through the new shaft. The fire is supposed to have originated from spontaneous combustion caused by lard and coal oil. It is impossible at present to estimate the loss that the fire will cause, but it is safe to say it will amount to $500,000. Not only are the mine owners affected but the whole town
Utica Mine North Shaft Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, February 20, 2009
3. Utica Mine North Shaft Marker - Wide View
of Angels which contains a population of 6,000, almost dependent upon the thousand miners employed in the Utica group of mines. Every effort is being made to quench the fire, but gas and smoke is escaping from all the shafts...."
(Submitted on December 19, 2009.) 
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Old Foundation image. Click for full size.
By James King, December 24, 2016
4. Old Foundation
Probably from the headframe of the Utica Mine
Credits. This page was last revised on February 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 2,099 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 19, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   4. submitted on February 26, 2017, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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