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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 E Clampus Vitus Plaques book, n/a
1. Bagdad – North Fork – Helena Marker
Photo of the marker prior to going missing.
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.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. Marker has been confirmed missing. It was likely 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. Touch for map. The marker is missing. The location of the marker was in the ghost town of Helena on East Fork Road, about 1/4 mile from the intersection with California State Route 229. Marker was in this post office area: Big Bar CA 96010, United States of America.
 
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
Bagdad – North Fork – Helena Marker - missing image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2012
2. Bagdad – North Fork – Helena Marker - missing
away); Site of Caņon 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. 7.5 miles away); Moving Mountains... (approx. 7.6 miles away); Dedrick (approx. 8 miles away); Old Section (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.
 
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Bagdad – North Fork – Helena Marker - missing image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2012
3. 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
4. Meckel Building
Abandon Helena Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2012
5. Abandon Helena Building
Abandon Helena Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2012
6. Abandon Helena Building
Building erected by Harm Schlomer image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2012
7. Building erected by Harm Schlomer
Abandon Helena Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2012
8. Abandon Helena Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 393 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 13, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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