Summit Diggings

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February 05, 1894: “SUMMIT – Summit camp is east from Goler, and from there also good reports come. A miner named Van Slyke is working there; he has two or three partners working with him. A person who was at the camp recently says when he was there Mr. Van Slyke was absent, having gone after supplies, and to sell gold. This visitor says he saw gold to the value of $180 that the partners of Van Slyke bad taken on the preceding day or two.  Parties from Bakersfield have leased a part of the claim owned by Van Slyke and partners. In one day before this visitor was at the camp, these parties working under lease took out eight ounces of gold. Mr. Van Slyke reported that miners working at Summit are taking out an average of $10 per day to the man. It appears to be not beyond question that Red Rock, Goler and Summit are but part of a very extensive and valuable gold field. It is certain that the business created by this find will come to Los Angeles.” - The Herald

March 18, 1894: “H. Underhill of Mojave has a number of men employed on his six claims at the Summit. All the ground known to be suspected of carrying gold is located, with the country full of prospectors.” – The Herald

August 20, 1896: “Mr. Brown of Tulare has struck $45 ore near Summit station, four miles east of Goler, in the Randsburg district.” – San Francisco Call

March 05, 1911: “PIONEER DRY PLACER — This has been an eventful week at the placer diggings at Summit, six miles north of Randsburg.  C J. Teagle of Johannesburg, who has been the largest property owner in that section for many years, has closed two deals on 360 acres of, his holdings, in both instances the contract of purchase calls for the installation of concentrating mills of large capacity. V .K. Lawton, a mining man of San Francisco, has for some time been experimenting, with these placers. He has held an option on 160 acres for $100 per acre. During the last week articles of incorporation of the Pioneer Dry Placer Company; were filed with the secretary of state by I.awton.   The new company-has a capitalization of $250,000. The filing of the articles was immediately followed by the payment of 10 per cent of the purchase price of the property. Besides free gold the deposits contain nonmagnetic black sand.  The magnetic sand is valueless, while the nonmagnetic sand runs as high as $150 per ton in gold. A machine had to be designed to separate these minerals from the gravel, which has been accomplished by this type of concentrator. H. E. Cunningham has taken a working bond on 200 acres of the Summit placers for $100 per acre, and is also to install a plant.  The contract calls for the erection of a plant capable of treating between 400 and 500 tons of gravel per day.” – San Francisco Call

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