Markleeville in Alpine County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Lost Whiskey of Raymond
Inscription. The Raymond Mining District was in operation from 1863 – 1869. It was located roughly four miles north of Silver Mountain and four miles south-west of Markleeville, along Krumm Creek entering Pleasant Valley. Named for R. W. Raymond, who surveyed the area for the U.S. Geological Survey, Raymond City was just a small settlement with houses made up mostly of shakes, bark, and brush. It also boasted a drug store and a saloon.
Legend says that when the town closed, (likely as miners departed for better diggins’) the owners of Raymond Saloon hid their liquor bottles and whiskey kegs in a nearby mine tunnel for their eventual return, then caved in the mouth of the tunnel.
For almost 150 years people have searched for the lost whiskey of Raymond. Some never found the town, and some located a few bottles, but no one has ever found the buried treasure. When asked about the whiskey in 1976, pioneer-historian Harry Hawkins commented, “it sure would be aged!”
Dedicated on July 29, 2017 (6022)
By the Snowshoe Thompson Chapter #1827
Of The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1869.
Location. 38° 41.661′ N, 119° 46.978′ W. Marker is in Markleeville, California, in Alpine County. Marker is on School Street. At the end of School Street off of Montgomery Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Markleeville CA 96120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alpine County Historical Complex (a few steps from this marker); Old Webster School (a few steps from this marker); Hangman's Bridge & Vigilante Justice (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Log Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Webster School (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Hurdy House (about 800 feet away); Alpine Hotel (about 800 feet away); Markleeville General Store (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Markleeville.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2018, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 371 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 10, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.