George Watkin Evans Gold Mining Photographs, 1939  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Photographer
Evans, George Watkin, 1876-
Title
George Watkin Evans Gold Mining Photographs
Dates
1939 (inclusive)
Quantity
35 photographic prints (1 box) ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller
Collection Number
PH0636
Summary
Photographs made in 1939 by George Watkin Evans, showing gold mining, construction, and cyanide washing plants on the West Coast.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

George Watkin Evans was born in Abercarne, South Wales, in 1876, and came to the United States with his parents as a young boy. His father was a coal miner, and the family lived in Pennsylvania before coming west to the Washington coal fields. Beginning at the age of eleven, Evans spent his youth working in coal mines. Having no formal education, he taught himself to read the Welsh Bible and studied in the evenings, taking a correspondence course in preparation for college.

At the age of 20, Evans entered the Mining Engineering Department at the State College of Washington in Pullman. While in college, he took a year off and went to Dawson in the Yukon Territory during the Klondike Gold Rush. He took a job on El Dorado Creek, one of the richest placer creeks of the time, hoisting gravel out of a mine shaft. This work was his introduction to gold mining.

Returning to college, he earned his degree in Mining and Engineering and found employment in Colorado at the Dorcas Cyanide Mill. Working every department in the mill, he then moved on to take charge of a cyanide mill in Silver Cliff, Colorado. While his days were spent working, his evenings were spent studying the metallurgy of gold and silver. When Evans was poisoned by cyanogen gas and was forced to leave the metallurgy profession, he returned to coal mining.

Evans spent the next several years as a consulting mining engineer conducting coal surveys for the U.S. Bureau of Mines, the United States Navy, and the Northern Pacific Railroad. He was an authority in his field, recognized in engineering circles in North America and England.

Later in his life, Evans returned to his interest in gold mining and did professional consulting work in the gold fields of Colorado, California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, and parts of Alaska.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains black-and-white photographs taken in 1939 by George Watkin Evans in his capacity as consulting mining engineer with offices in Smith Tower, Seattle. The photographs show gold mining operations, construction sites, and cyanide washing plants in various parts of California, Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/1 1 View of Sutters Mill, South Fork of the American River 1939
1/1 2 James W. Marshall Monument, Coloma, California 1939
1/1 3 Foundation of Sutters Mill 1939
1/2 4 Main Street, Coloma, California 1939
1/3 5 George McKnight Monument, Grass Valley, California 1939
1/3 6 North Star Central Mill, Grass Valley, California 1939
1/3 7 Empire Mill, Grass Valley, California 1939
1/3 8 Brunswick Shaft of Idaho-Maryland Mine, Grass Valley, California 1939
1/3 9 Central Shaft of North Star Mine, Grass Valley, California 1939
1/3 10 Idaho-Maryland mill and cyanide plant, Grass Valley, California 1939
1/3 11 Main shaft of Idaho-Maryland Mine, Grass Valley, California 1939
1/4 12 Washing plant of Scandia Mine, Klamath River, California 1939
1/5 13 Knob Hill Mill, Knob Hill Mining Company, Republic, Washington 1939
1/5 14 Power shovel operation, Knob Hill Mining Company, Republic, Washington 1939
1/6 15 View of drag-line and washer, Boulder Creek operations, Turnagain River Gold District, Northern British Columbia 1939
1/6 16 Washer, dragline, and pipeline, Boulder Creek operations, Turnagain River Gold District, Northern British Columbia 1939
1/6 17 Bulldozer removing gravel from sluice box end, Boulder Creek operations, Turnagain River Gold District, Northern British Columbia 1939
1/6 18 Dump box, grizzly, and sluice boxes of washer, Boulder Creek operations, Turnagain River Gold District, Northern British Columbia 1939
1/6 19 Equipment dragging gravel to dump box 1939
1/6 20 Jack Wheaton's mining pit 1939
1/7 21 View of Howe Sound Mine, Holden, Washington 1939
1/8 22a-c Three views of Bodinson Gravel Washery, Sardine Creek District, Grants Pass, Oregon 1939
1/8 23 Bodinson Gravel Washery, Sardine Creek District, Grants Pass, Oregon (enlargement of 22c) 1939
1/8 24 Bodinson Gravel Washery, Sardine Creek District, Grants Pass, Oregon (enlargement of 22b) 1939
1/8 25 Men working at washery 1939
1/9 26 Equipment at construction site of U.S. 99E overcrossing, Albany, Oregon 1939
1/10 27 Mining equipment at gravel site 1939
1/11 28 Mining equipment at gravel site 1939
1/12 29 Interior of processing plant 1939
1/13 30 Mountain view 1939
1/14 31 Mining equipment at gravel site 1939
1/15 32 Man and equipment at gravel site 1939
1/15 33-34 Mining equipment at gravel site 1939
1/15 35  Cyanide mill of the First Thought Mining Company, Orient, Washington 1939

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Gold mines and mining--British Columbia--Photographs
  • Gold mines and mining--California--Photographs
  • Gold mines and mining--Equipment and supplies--Photographs
  • Gold mines and mining--Oregon--Photographs
  • Gold mines and mining--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Gold mines and mining--West (U.S.)--Photographs
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • Geographical Names :
  • California--Photographs
  • West (U.S.)--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints