Quicksilver Mining in Sonoma County: Pine Flat Prospect Fever

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In the 1870s, a quicksilver mining boom took hold of Sonoma County, California. Claims were staked, and a rowdy camp took shape in Pine Flat as farmers traded plows for picks and miners answered the siren call of cinnabar. In this compelling account, historian Joe Pelanconi relates the development of the twenty-mile Cinnabar Mining District. Pelanconi shares intriguing stories like those of the Donner Party survivor, Chinese laborers who worked the mines in danger of mercury poisoning and the two brothers who were leading citizens of the district and purported victims of murder. Delve into Sonoma County's heritage and a lost era when eccentrics and dreamers sought shining flasks of riches in the Mayacamas Mountains above today's wine country.
ISBN: 9781626194724
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: California
Images: 50
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Joe Pelanconi is a retired career educator with an MA degree in American history, having been a secondary and college history instructor prior to a lengthy career as a high school principal. He is the author of three books and a frequent contributor to local historical publications. Joe is a member of the Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society and on the Board of Directors of the Geyserville Chamber of Commerce. A talented speaker, he enjoys family, travel and all things historical.
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