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The History Mystery #48

This is the start of the fifth year for the History Mystery on Sierra News Online. We would like to thank SNO, our loyal readers, and all those who have submitted information regarding our History Mysteries.

The six organizations that prepare these mysteries have gained much information that they can pass on to the public. We are all fortunate to have this means of adding to our own research.


Don Grove, North Fork History Group

The History Mystery #48

Submitted by Karen Morris, Docent at Coarsegold Historic Museum —

This photo was found in the wooden section of the adobe located on our museum property during the restoration project completed earlier this year.

We would like to identify the children and find out the year it was taken and location for our archives.

You can submit information to or our Facebook page or email us at

Follow Up on History Mystery #47, submitted by Roger Mitchell, Fresno Flats Museum & Historical Park.

Thanks to the following people for their comments on Facebook. We appreciate the information that can help fill out our own research.

History Mystery #47 Star Mine mill circa 1888

Shane Herold — “I have found the cables at the Raineer creek site. Also some left over timbers years ago at the spot where they went over the mountain. Also found pieces of the boxes that hung from cables at the Rainier Creek site.”

Rob Biedermann — “The cables are still there. They’re not hard to find.”

Also Roger heard from a fellow who lives in North Fork. He said the old Star Mill was indeed on Rainier Creek. His grandfather had a cabin near it. Unfortunately, Roger did not get the man’s name or phone number.

Would the gentleman who called Roger about the quartz mill which once stood near your grandfather’s cabin, please call Roger back at 559-676-5228?

Thank you very much!

For all four years of The History Mystery on Sierra News Online, click here.

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