September 05, 1897: “In the celebrated Red Rock district placer mining was conducted very extensively and. profitably for many years, the nuggets ranging from $50 to $700 in value. Although quartz mining has largely superseded, placer mining, there are still from 40 to 50 men engaged in the latter pursuit, by dry washer process. Parties are also sinking a shaft in the main Red Rock wash with the object of getting to bedrock so as to reach the main body of placer and thereby open up a big field for placer mining.
There are many good quartz mine too numerous to mention in detail, and among them the Seven Sisters, in which Dr. C. T. Pepper, president of the Los Angeles mining exchange, is interested. Five hundred feet of tunneling is to be done to catch the seven parallel ledges at a depth of 250 feet. Fifty feet has already been done.
Charles A. Koehn of Kane Springs and the Kern Valley bank, Bakersfield, own the Two Brothers, which has tunnel in 50 feet, a 2-foot ledge of pay ore, average assay $61, and twenty tons of partly free milling ore on the dump. Forty tons of ore has already been milled.
Six miles east and north of Red Rock is Last Chance canyon, where there is a hydraulic plant in operation on auriferous gravel with good prospects of a bonanza. Forty men are dry washing in this camp.
Ten miles northwest of Red Rock is the Dove Springs district, better known as Gold Hill, where twenty years ago some marvelously rich “float” was discovered and. in large quantities, milling from $60 to $100 per ton. Considerable work is in progress at present. The ledges are from 4 to 8 feet wide, partly base ore, and there is about 200 tons of ore on the dump.
Four miles south of Gold Hill is Butterbredt Spring, where Rice & Thomas of San Luis Obispo have a very promising mine, the ledge 6 to 10 feet wide, the ore averaging about $50 per ton. The shaft is 60 feet deep on the ledge and they have drifted there from on the vein 20 feet. They have taken out up to date 150 tons of rich ore. Its inaccessibility has been a great drawback heretofore, but a road is projected to run from Jawbone Canyon (where are also many promising mines) to Mojave, which will greatly facilitate
mining operations in that district.” – The Herald