SEARLES STATION, SUMMIT DIGGINGS AND SPANGLER DISTRICT

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SEARLES STATION

February 16, 1923:  Jim Witt has brought in samples of lead-silver ore that they discovered north of Garden Station.  He states that they located four clams, that there’s lots of it there on the surface.” – Bakersfield Californian

SUMMIT DIGGINGS

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

SPANGLER DISTRICT

January 18, 1897: “Four wagons and twenty mules are hauling rock from Spangler Bros. Gold Point mine on the desert, seven miles from Garden station, to the custom mill at Isabella, Kern county.” – The Herald

March 28, 1898: “Mr. John Skinner from Spanglor district reports much work being done there. He says the Spangler boys are taking out all the rich ore they can handle in their two stamp mill in Garlock, and that all the ore in and about Garden station is refractory, but can be concentrated. It carries a certain amount of free gold.—California Rand.” –Los Angeles Herald

April 06, 1898: “The first of the week a carload of ore was sent to the smelter by the Johannesburg Sampling works. In this lot was Included some ore from the Stringer district, running $700 per ton; also twelve tons of base ore from the Spangler mine, near Garden Station, assaying almost as much.” –The Herald

June 07, 1898:  “The Spangler mines are situated about seven miles north of Garden station. They consist of twelve claims, belonging to the Spangler Bros., who have done and are now doing good, substantial work on their properties. They have a two-stamp mill, which they keep at work, at the same time going steadily ahead with their development work. The reports received from there are very encouraging. They are now taking out a lot of high-grade gold ore. ”  The Herald

June 13, 1911: “SANTA PAULA MINE—Chas. Churchill, locator of the group of tungsten claims near Atolia, has been working this old property in the Spangler district for some time.  He has a car load of ore ready for shipment.”—Bakersfield Morning Echo

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