Garrison & Co., Gold Dust Buyers, Receipt --Horseshoe Bar, CA [155349]

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Garrison & Co., Gold Dust Buyers, Receipt --Horseshoe Bar, CA [155349]
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Extra rare--we've never offered this before. Garrison & Co., Gold Dust Buyers. Dateline Horseshoe Bar, 18--. Receipt is for the purchase of gold dust. Unused. 2.75 x 7" Adhesive residue on reverse and tape repairs (likely pulled out of album). Gudde (California Gold Camps) says that there were two camps known as Horseshoe Bar on the American River in 1849 in Placer and El Dorado Counties. The lower one was on the North Fork and the upper one was on the Middle Fork. The lower one, located 7 miles above Beals Bar, was worked by Mormons in 1848 and became the trading center for the area. The upper Horseshoe Bar was known as Horseshoe No. 2. According to the History of Placer County (1861), Horseshoe Bar was the site of the first bedrock tunnel in the state, built to drain the river. Hundreds of miners flocked to the area but flooding destroyed the dam and camp. Garrison & Co. (J.G. Garrison) were partners with Hardy & Kennedy, who were gold dust buyers at Foresthill. Garrison joined Kennedy at Foresthill in 1863 and ran that business after Kennedy left in 1865. It is therefore assumed that the Horseshoe Bar branch closed before Garrison relocated to Foresthill. [Ref: Gudde; California State Library; OAC]

Date: c.1850s
Country (if not USA):
State: California
City: Placer County