Reading's Bar

Reading's Bar (HM137L)

Location: Happy Valley, CA 96022 Shasta County
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N 40° 29.679', W 122° 29.835'

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Major Pierson Barton Reading, California explorer and participant in the Bear Flag Revolt, discovered gold on this bar in 1848. Soon afterwards he made a similar find on the Trinity River. News of these discoveries opened the entire northern region of California to the Gold Rush of '49. By 1851 the town of Clear Creek Diggings had been settled near the bar. Later renamed Horsetown, it was the commercial center for this mining area. Horsetown was destroyed by fire in 1868.

HM NumberHM137L
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Marker Number32
Year Placed1998
Placed ByFirst Registered August 1, 1932. Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Shasta Historical Society, Darrell Moss Historical Fund and Trinitarianus Chapter 62, E Clampus Vitus
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 8:37pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 542603 N 4482782
Decimal Degrees40.49465000, -122.49725000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 29.679', W 122° 29.835'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 29' 40.74" N, 122° 29' 50.10" W
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Area Code(s)530
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 19 Clear Creek Rd, Happy Valley CA 96022, US
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