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Alleghany in Sierra County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Sixteen to One Mine

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2013
1. The Sixteen to One Mine Marker
Inscription. California’s Sixteen to One has been producing gold for over one hundreds years. More than one million troy ounces of gold have been mined from its tunnels. In 1853 the Knickerbocker Drift Mine was started, later led to the development of the Tightner Mine which became a portion of the Sixteen to One. In 1896 Tom Bradbury located the Sixteen to One vein. On October 6, 1911 J.G Jury, W.I. Smart & H.K. Montgomery incorporated the Original Sixteen to One Mine. In one day, December 17, 1993, they removed over 2,600 ounces of gold. The mine is famous for specimen gold including “The Whopper”: 141 ounces of crystalline gold.
 
Erected 1995 by E Clampus Vitus, Major William Downie Chapter No. 1849.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 39° 27.973′ N, 120° 50.762′ W. Marker is in Alleghany, California, in Sierra County. Marker is at the intersection of Miners Street and Foote Road (unsigned), on the left when traveling south on Miners Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 516 Miners Street, Alleghany CA 95910, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Alleghany (approx. ¼ mile
The Sixteen to One Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2013
2. The Sixteen to One Mine Marker
away); Bovee Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rite Here (approx. 1.5 miles away); Henness Pass Road (approx. 1.5 miles away); Henness Pass Road - To Ridge Junction (approx. 1.5 miles away); Stamp Mill (approx. 1.7 miles away); Forest City Brewery (approx. 1.7 miles away); Forest City Dance Hall (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Alleghany.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located on an ore cart. Some earth work is being done in the area and the ore cart may be moved in the future.
 
Also see . . .
1. Original Sixteen to One Mine - History. By 1890 mining was relatively quiet in Alleghany, for only the Ruby and Bald Mountain Extension drifts maintained payrolls; but in 1891, a partnership that included Jack Binning, G. W. Hildebrande, and Charles Currieux was formed. These men had become acquainted with Jim McCormick, an old-time resident, who knew of the bedrock vein uncovered nearly 40 years before in the Knickerbocker tunnel. Fired by his enthusiasm, they reopened the tunnel, and located the Contract and Contract Extension lodes north and south of the remembered vein. (Submitted on June 13, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. The Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc. YouTube video clip. (Submitted on June 13, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 13, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 13, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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