Category Archives: History

Penn Mine’s poison smoke

After seeing today’s article on ongoing efforts to control water pollution from waste left by the Penn Mine near Campo Seco, historian Sal Manna sent me a copy of an article he wrote on the devatation area residents and farms suffered from copper smelter smoke early in the last century. Manna quotes a 1910 Calaveras Prospect article: […]

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Amador Central

Speeders, rail buffs and others interested in the Amador Central Railroad that operated for a century between Ione and Martell will want to know that a book on the railroad is coming out in October, authored by archeologist and former Amador County Archivist Deborah Cook. For a sneak look at illustrations inside the book, go to

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Some still MIA from Post 2600

Russell Friday called this morning to let me know that VFW Post 2600 at 5 p.m. Friday will observe National POW/MIA Recognition Day in the park area behind the post at 156 W. St. Charles St. in San Andreas. One significant, and positive thing: The post once had as many as five soldiers still MIA. […]

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Who is the top senior in Calaveras?

Who deserves to be honored as the senior of the year? (In this case “senior” means a person over the age of 60, not a person in the final year of high school.) The Calaveras County Commission on Aging wants you to nominate a deserving man or woman for the honor. Nominations can be made […]

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Red Barn Annex frame tops out

I happened to be driving by the Red Barn Museum just after 3 p.m. Thursday as a crew installed the last of three steel trusses on the new annex that will provide a fire-resistant space to store wooden artifacts, such as a Gold Rush-era fire wagon.

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