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May 21, 1915:  “NEW CREDE—The new mining district in Pine Tree Canyon has been the attraction for visitors and men interested in mining during the past couple of weeks, owing to reports of a good strike in placer mining by W. Hampton Williams and J. M. Dragoman.  Both are experienced in the mining game, and say they have something good here.  Mr. Williams has been in  the Amalie district for some months, and it is said had made more than one fortune in mining.  Mr. Dragoman is a miner from Crede, Colorado, being the firstborn in the camp.  From this circumstance the new camp in Pine Tree Canyon has been named New Crede.

The following report of values per ton is from assays made by Walter K. Osborn, assayer, Gold Peak Mine, Amalie Mining District, Kern Co. whose address is Caliente, Cal., and were made for W. Hampton Williams and  John Dragoman.

No.                  Silver, Ozs.                Gold               Values

1                      3.90                            $612.00         4028.00

2                      6.90                            14.00                   17.45

3                      2.20                            1.50                        2.30

4.                     238.00                       40.00             $159.00

5.                     5.80                            2.40                       5.30

6.                     137.00                                    21.00                   89.50

7.                     6.50                           4.48                       7.65

8.                     .50                               80.00                  80.25

9.                     5.50                             104.00               829.00

10.                   878.50                        11230.00        11,666.75

11.                    1732.50                      32250.00       23116.25

12.                   119.00                                    3600.00         2659.50

13.                   7.00                            10.40              18.90

14.                   573.00                        140.00            420.50

After the assays were made, Williams and Dragoman decided to dump all of the samples brought in from their new dessert find, into one sack and they were handled by the assayer, Mr. Osborn.  The returns handed in on Sunday, May 16th, on the thirty-five (35) pounds of quartz show, on ton basis; (unfortunately this part is unreadable)

On the 4th of May the prospectors followed up some float to some old diggings in section 11, township 31S, range 36E M. D. M., about a mile north of Pine Tree Canyon is a ravine alongside the Los Angeles Aqueduct, Here considerable high grade stringers of gold were found near the surface and more silver ore than gold—plenty of it.  Most of this is chloride and sulphide ores with some free milling.

The two men have located 15 claims in all, so far, and intend to lease to practical miners.  There were 10 men in camp, some having put up substantial shacks and some living in tents. ” –Mojave Press

May 25, 1915: “NEW CREDE MINING DISTRICT SHOWS UP WELL –Development Work Follows Prospecting Tour; Many Settlers Going In—New Crede Mining District May 24.—The New Crede mining district is the scene of considerable activity at the present time, a number of visitors and prospectors having been attracted to the camp by the reports of exceptionally high grade gold and silver ore having been discovered.

Walter X. Osborne of the Amalie district was a recent visitor and expressed himself as very favorably impressed with the showings, and he considers the district one of considerable promise.  There are a large number of ledges showing good veins in both gold and silver, and it is very probable that pay ore will be found extending over a considerable area.  The high-grade veins consist of numerous fissures in a porphyry formation and while they are quite small they are of such good values that they will prove quite profitable to mine.  These small veins allow values running from several hundred dollars to as high as $30,000 per ton.  They are suitable for leasing operations, and as it is the intention of the owners to grant leases on them they will be rapidly developed as they will pay well from the grass roots.

The district also possesses a number of large ledges of ore of a lower grade, but samples indicate that it will be ore of good mill grade.  These large ledges will make the camp a permanent one if future development confirms their present promise.  Several large mining operators have been attracted to the camp and is will receive a thorough examination from them, and rapid development can be looked for.

One great drawback to the slowness of the camp going forward is that some of the early prospectors have had much time to prospect; when it takes men of experience and stamina like Williams and his partner, John Dragoman six days to monument eleven claims, prospectors will readily understand that the new district is of the roughest nature.  None of us have good shoe left.  Canvas and copper wife are helping out in the cobbler line.

Since our arrival we camp near the aqueduct headquarters.  As they don’t care for a lot of people camping near their stables and buildings they informed the new comers at the start to move up higher.  After a few days the water ceased to flow through the small pipes at the camp.  Yesterday was moving day.

John Weldon brought over a large canvas tent for his partners, Williams and Dragoman.  It is the Headquarters for THE CALIFORNIAN.

Pat Williams and Charles Rede have a most comfortable tent.  Fred Harden and partner, Alfred Montague have erected a solid and substantial building out of heavy timbers.  They call it the hotel Van Dome.

Saturday morning shortly after we took our climb and scramble over the hills, there arrived Mr. and Mrs. Jack Harrison, Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Nichols of Cinco, and Charles Koehn of Koehn’s Springs, all of them well known in the history of desert mining.

Again let us impress on any one coming this way to be sure that he has his blankets, provisions and an extra  pair of heavy soled shoes or boots; also remember it takes a lot of grit to prospect this part of the desert.  Getting locations won’t count as much as the real work of prospecting the ground for values.  Williams and Dragoman can find the real stuff on any of their eleven claims.  In a few days they will start developing one of their properties.

C. C. Todhunter, another Cinco rancher, paid us a visit Saturday afternoon.  Amongst the arrivals we have a Mr. D. B. Rochfort, a mining engineer of note.

WHERE LOCATED –New Crede mining district is situated in Lone Pine Canyon, four miles from Cinco, and about five miles from Neuralia.  At Cinco there is only one building, general store, at Neuralia they have a postoffice, depot, and good hotel.  Neither place has any transportation facilities.

We came through eight hours of heavy rain, hail and wind.  After coming out of the forest reservation and Kelso onto the desert we left the rain behind; camped at Cinco the first night and arriving for breakfast next morning at the new camp.  We find everything that Williams and Dragoman told bears them out.  Since their return they have been busy perfecting the claims.   Still they find time to do a little prospecting.  Wednesday morning Hamp Williams told the boys he would bring in a good showing for the day’s trip.  He did, it was a little tobacco sack of dirt that came in from a seam in the vein matter.  In washing the dirt he did it quick, not thinking that it would be sensational. A glance at the pan brought an exclamation from Dragoman to wash it over and put the –aid to it.  Rich! Well, the pair, with their partner John Weldon, hiked it out bright and early this morning for the purpose of locating it.

On several occasions we have seen them take our rich pannings and samples that would pass for specimens from the stringers on the ledges.

On our return home yesterday from the hills Mr. Williams asked me to wait till he got ready to go.  On the way home he showed us where he got some of the high assays.  Digging in on one of the many stringers the many stringers he passed out a good size piece of rock. On breaking it seemed to be alive with the yellow metal.

Owing to the storm, there has been no rush.  The few here are anxious to get their boundaries finished, monuments, and stakes up before a crowd does come.  At present we cannot state an opinion on the outcome other than Weldon, Williams, and Dragoman will have parcels or lots to practical mining men.

For more than twenty years a monument that Hampton Williams placed on one of the hillsides still stands.  At that time he got a $30 assay, it being silver bearing rock and having no experience in the white metal he didn’t go back at that time, but ever since he has Mr. Weldon interested this  big good natured cattle rancher  has repeatedly  staked prospectors in the region.   It seems they all liked the shade of the lonesome pine that flourishes one mile and a half above the present strike.

John Dragoman has done a lot of prospecting in this section, but was looking for the yellow metal and in one of his old working we find good indications of silver ledges.

John Dragoman is from Colorado.  He was the first child born in the world famous mining camp, Crede, that is why we have given this new camp and district the name of New Crede.

If any of your readers decide to come we advise them to see that their boot, or shoe soles are in the best of condition; an extra pair might come in handy in fighting the way up and over these hills.  Some Rough.

At present there is no accommodation for man or beast. Don’t forget that for it will only be working a hardship on the few that are in camp.

If the camp improves, both in population and finds, will unpack my typewriter.  We have had strong heavy winds ever since leaving Caliente Creek.” –Bakersfield Californian

June 16, 1915:  “THE FOLLOWING NOTICES OF MINING LOCATIONS have been filed here:

Jo P. Carroll locates claim known as Jo P.  No. 3, one and one-half miles from Lone Pine syphon.

H. A. Hopkins locates claim known as the Olive, adjoining Jo. P. No. 1 about one and one-half mines  from Lone Pine syphon, in New Crede mining district:  also claim known as Crede Extension No. 6; also Crede Extension No. 1.

Jo P. Carroll locates claim known as Jo P. No. 1, four miles south from Cinco Station and one and one-half miles from Lone Pine aqueduct.

Jo P. Carroll locates claim known as Jo P. No.2, two miles from Lone Pine syphon.

R. M. Dunn locates claim known as R. M. D., in New Crede district.” –Bakersfield Californian

May 28, 1915:  “MINING NOTES—A rich strike was made in Pine Canyon last week by J. H. Williams of Caliente.  There is some very high grade ore, some veins of which will go close to $35,000 per ton.

C. T. Holmes made a rush (from Neuralia) for the Pine canyon gold fields Sunday, but became tender footed and turned back.

Wilkins and Ross went up Pine Canyon to stake mineral claims Sunday.

The new mining camp at Pine Canyon is called after the famous Crede, Colo., camp and from appearances it has a great future.  The Californian has a reporter in camp, Jo P. Carroll.” –Bakersfield Californian

June 8, 1915:  “LOS ANGELES MEN LIKE CREDE DISTRICT—Prospectors Show Rich Claims and Get Offer. Note of Field.—NEW CREDE MNING DISTRICT June 8. —On the representation of E. J. Hamil and G. W. Moore, who are prospecting this section, J. J. Hurlurt of Portland Oregon, and W. J. Clemens of Los Angeles, made a flying trip from the latter city to the camp last Friday.  Bright and early Saturday morning they were ready for the trail to the mine.

After  being shown the development work so far accomplished, the rich stringers and the possibility of the permanency of the many leads on both claims number 5 and 6, Hurburt made a proposition that for a certain interest he would place in the bank the sum of $5000, same to be expended in the development of the two claims.  Not coming to any definite understanding the gentlemen left for the southern metropolis in their Oldsmobile, promising to return in the very near future.

Hamp Williams left Monday morning with a short sack of high grade from claims Nos. 5 and 6, possibly about sixty pounds of rich ore extracted from stringers in the claims.  No idea can be formed here as t0 what it will run, all are in hopes that the expectations of Williams and Dragoman.

E. A. Chaffee, Lamar Chaffee and Hien Chaffee drove over from Neuralia Sunday in their Studebaker-Garford machine in company with Miss Madge Newenham of the Neuralia hotel.  Owing to the very warm morning the party did not finish the trip to the mine.” –Bakersfield Californian

July 20, 1915:  “WORK ON CREDE GROUP TO START AT END OF SUMMER –New Crede Mining District. July 20 – Owing to the warm weather that is supposed to be on the desert during the months of July and August the Los Angeles people have decided not to start developing the Crede group until fall.  A letter to that effect reached camp yesterday.  Wade Hampton Williams, one of the original locators, has left for Caliente Creek.  He will return within the week with a large wagon for a camp outfit. ” –Bakersfield Californian

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