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Near Big Bar in Trinity County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Bagdad – North Fork – Helena

 
 
Bagdad – North Fork – Helena Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, July 15, 2007
1. Bagdad – North Fork – Helena Marker
Inscription.  Established about 1850. A supply center for gold mining activity on the North Fork, East Fork of North Fork and main Trinity River for more than 70 years, this fine ranch at one time boasted a hotel, store, livery stable, blacksmith shop, brewery, warehouse and several residences. This brick building erected by Christian Meckel in 1858 with brick made locally. Brick building to the south erected by Harm Schlomer about 1860. Helena Post Office established and named for Helena Meckel in 1891.
 
Erected 1977 by E Clampus Vitus, Trinitarianus Chapter No. 62.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable PlacesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 40° 46.854′ N, 123° 7.733′ W. Marker was near Big Bar, California, in Trinity County. Marker could be reached from East Fork Road. The marker is missing. The location of the marker was in the ghost town of Helena
Bagdad – North Fork – Helena Marker image. Click for full size.
By E Clampus Vitus Plaques book, n/a
2. Bagdad – North Fork – Helena Marker
Photo of the marker prior to going missing.
on East Fork Road, about 1/4 mile from the intersection with California State Route 229. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Big Bar CA 96010, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Bagdad (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site of Cañon City (approx. 5.2 miles away); Junction City Centennial (approx. 5.2 miles away); Big Flat – Big Bar (approx. 5.3 miles away); The La Grange Mine (approx. 7½ miles away); Moving Mountains... (approx. 7.6 miles away); Dedrick (approx. 8 miles away); Weaverville Basin Gold Discovery Site (approx. 10.3 miles away).
 
Regarding Bagdad – North Fork – Helena. Personnel at the Jake Jackson Museum in Weaverville have said that they were recently "presented" with the missing Helena marker. They have returned it to E Clampus Vitus. It is hoped that it will be remounted soon.
 
Bagdad – North Fork – Helena Marker - missing image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2012
3. Bagdad – North Fork – Helena Marker - missing
Bagdad – North Fork – Helena Marker - missing image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2012
4. Bagdad – North Fork – Helena Marker - missing
Marker was located on the left.
Meckel Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2012
5. Meckel Building
Bagdad – North Fork – Helena Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alvis Hendley, July 17, 2007
6. Bagdad – North Fork – Helena Marker
Abandon Helena Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2012
7. Abandon Helena Building
Abandon Helena Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2012
8. Abandon Helena Building
Building erected by Harm Schlomer image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2012
9. Building erected by Harm Schlomer
Abandon Helena Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2012
10. Abandon Helena Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 555 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 3, 2020, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California.   2. submitted on June 13, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   3, 4, 5. submitted on June 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   6. submitted on April 3, 2020, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California.   7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on June 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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