Golden (HM25QT)

Location: Wolf Creek, OR 97497 Josephine County
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N 42° 40.923', W 123° 19.901'

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Established in 1890, this mining town was unique in Western annals in that it had two churches and no saloons. The miners went to Placer off Grave Creek for "refreshments".
Rev. William Ruble, leader of a group commonly known as "Campbellites" built the church in 1852. He was ordained and the church simultaneously dedicated by County Judge Stephen Jewell. Shortly afterward it became the Free Methodist Church. Another group led by Rev. Mark Davis used the schoolhouse for their services. Both ministers worked local mining claims.
Placer activity on Coyote Creek began in the 1850's. Abandoning these claims during the Idaho gold rush of 1860, the men returned to find them being worked by about five hundred Chinese for ten cents per day plus rice. The Chinese contractor yielded possession.
A two and one-half mile pipeline supplied water for the "Giants" (hydraulic nozzles) resulting in the recovery of one and one-half million dollars in the next few years.
The Josephine County School Superintendent, Lincoln Savage, traveled by train from Grants Pass to Wolf Creek, rode his bicycle to Golden. and continued to the Greenback Mine by tramway to visit the schools.
Wilma Gilkey and Edith Allen were among the early teachers. As late as 1906, there were still thirty-six children in this school.
HM NumberHM25QT
Placed ByJosephine County Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, March 1st, 2018 at 7:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 472826 N 4725561
Decimal Degrees42.68205000, -123.33168333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 40.923', W 123° 19.901'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 40' 55.38" N, 123° 19' 54.06" W
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Area Code(s)541
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3498-3638 Coyote Creek Rd, Wolf Creek OR 97497, US
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