Trinity County California
Trinity County. Organized in 1852. Bounded
north by Klamath and Siskiyou, east by Shasta and Tehama, south
by Mendocino, and west by Humboldt. Area, 1,800 square miles.
Assessed valuation of property for 1874, $1,003,669.
County seat, Weaverville. Principal towns: Douglas City,
Hayfork, Junction City, Lewiston, Minersville, and Trinity
The county is extremely mountainous, and the greater part
difficult of access; consequently, whatever resources it may
possess other than gold mining, are but slightly developed. The
Trinity River rises in the northeast and has a winding course of
a hundred miles through the county. Placers of great richness
were found along it and its branches, and were worked for a
number of years with great energy and profit, but the mining
interest greatly declined, and the Chinese swarmed where the
white miner formerly delved.
Recently, however, mining has greatly revived, water being
introduced at high elevations and the deep gravel deposits
attacked by the most approved system of hydraulic washing. As a
consequence the gold product for the season of 1873-4 was
greater than for many years preceding, being about $l,500,000,
renewing the energies and hopes of the miners and giving life
and prosperity to every business.
Important discoveries of cinnabar have also been made,
particularly the mines of Lytle & Hanchet, which are situated
about 15 miles northeast of Trinity Center, which are believed
to be of great value, a large body of rich ore being developed
and from a small retort in operation highly encouraging returns
of quicksilver have been obtained. Several other mines are
opening with like prospects.
Farms and vineyards are cultivated with success, and wine and
brandy are manufactured. Grand forests of pine, fir, and oak
cover the greater portion of the county, the climate is
exceedingly healthy and invigorating, and were it of convenient
access, Trinity would show a wealth equal to any of the mountain
counties of California.
Officers: E. P. Lovejoy, County Judge; James G.
Trotter, Clerk, Recorder, and Auditor; B. Clifford, District
Attorney; J. W. Philbrook, Sheriff and Tax Collector; E. T.
McCausland, Treasurer; Jacob Paulsen, Assessor; W. S. Lowden,
Surveyor; J. H. Driver, Coroner, and Public Administrator; H. H.
Bragdon, Superintendent Public Schools.
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Source: Pacific Coast Business Directory for 1876-78, Compiled
by Henry G. Langley, San Francisco, 1875