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    Default part (three) on thistory of Eldoradoville

    Originally posted by Johnnie

    : Well the history of the "East Fork" where the ghost town of Eldoradoville was located attracted a lot of gold seekers through the years, Did also attract one other famouse person and that was the Nevada Bonanza king John W. Mackey when "silver" was discovered in the canyon and that started another stampede to the canyon which brought other colorful characters that left their legacy in the canyon from it`s begining up to 1850s but some of the eary characters was William Tecumseh Heaton came into the canyon in 1891 and, after prospecting for a short time in cattle canyon, settled on the measa above the east fork known today as Heaton Flat. he filed a claim here in 1902 and built a stone and wood shack and worked his mine "every day,of the year rain or shine" until he dided in 1924.

    : Fred Maley worked his claim and reported have taken out 75,000 in gold.

    : And then there was Oliver Justice,a lanky, bearded fellow who mined his claim on the east fork and there was a George Trogden and was decribed as a close likeness of Long John Silver,"even to the the rolling gait, a stiff leg and bad eye." and was known through the canyon for his hospitality,"always ready with a pot of coffee and a frying pan." and alot stories to tell to anyone who would stick around long enough.

    : Other colorful canyon miners than wondered into the canyon were one-eyed Mountain Charlie and hid partner "twitchlip" Kelly, "Two Gun" Don Rosenkrantz, and the most well known was Bad Man john Knox Portwood, who bragged about killing a man in virgina when he was from and still bragg about others in Texas,Arizona California he always came into the saloons and gambling halls with his notches showing on his six shooter and his spurs rattling,and those notchs ment someting because when he shot a young german miner that stried up a hornet nest and when he did in another miner a special ranger was sent to investgate and when Portwood drew on the ranger the ranger was faster on the draw and that was the end to this bad man of the "east fork".But ther was other miners that were well known like "Peg Leg Billy Coynes", Soldier Thomson.

    : After the turn of the century there was still a lot of activity in the canyon as far as mining and has continued till today as reported from time to time in the local newspapers there is a local medal detector shop here in town of Azusa calif. that has all the latest scoop on what is happening in the canyon.

    : As I mentioned before a lot of recreation has been going on in the canyon and did not stop when the "gold & silver mining slowed down Fishing, and Hunting, have been popular through the years and it stared in the early 1900s and during the depression years scores of the unemployed men moved to the canyon to pan for gold and a little settlement of cardboard shacks sprang up near the site of "Eldoadoville known as "Hooverville" but washed away in 1938, but still some stayed because of the great trout fishing and hunting that stired a whole new attraction to the canyon and people from all around came to the canyon just to visit and new camps and settlements opened up and one of the canps was called "Fellows Camp", the Coldbrook camp and to Rincon camp Rincon is where the loot from a stagecoach roobery is hidden.This is why it started getting so popular and the Covina outing club and some fishing clubs whitch boosted regular stagecoachesleaving Azusa calif to take vacactioners to the resorts.

    : Yes! it is still popular not only for it`s history of the eary "gold rush" but for recreation and now has a "big" corperation mining for "Gold" the old Azusa Rock and Sandand gravel started back in the 1970s and has been quit profitabe for them.

    : Well i guess that sums it up for most of the history of the ghost town of "Eldoradovill" and the (east) fork many thanks again to the staff of ghosttowns.com for this oppertunity to share this history of this great ghost town "Eldoradoville." There is a lot more to tell but but I have to stop somewhere, In the near furture I hope to post some of my photos of the people and places that I discribed above.

    : Thanks again
    : Johnnie

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    Default Re: part (three) on thistory of Eldoradoville

    Originally posted by Section106Nut

    : Johnnie, overall a great write up! But you are still missing one thing; your sources (bibliography). All good research comes from not one but many sources, the more sources you use the better the write up. It appears you have many historically correct sources, so why don't you post a bibliography so 1) Others who are conducting research can compare, and 2) so folks know that you just did not copy your work out of a book, and 3) it is just a good habit to post your sources.

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