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Copper City, California

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Copper City was a historical mining town along the Pit River in Shasta County, California. The location is now under the Shasta Lake reservoir. It was founded in 1852 by Captain O. R. Johnson, who fenced around the entire town, and went through multiple booms and busts as mining moved from gold to silver to copper. Despite its name, its copper industry was never especially profitable. At its peak in 1864, the town contained 75 buildings, and was once considered as a possible county seat for Shasta. For two years from 1864, the town had its own newspaper, the Copper City Pioneer, founded by W. L. Carter.

In 1864, the town was the coordinating site of the "Copper City Volunteers" or "Copper City Company," a private militia of approximately 40 male settlers who hunted down and executed local native people as retaliation for the murders of Mrs. Catherine Allen and Mrs. Jones.

The post office was discontinued in 1880 and no activities occurred in the city after 1920. It was submerged under Shasta Lake in 1942.

Copper City Directory, 1881

Surname First Name employment
Atkinson Thomas miner
Bahney E. W. merchant
Brown H C carpenter
Brown George carpenter
Barnes Ira carpenter
Blue Samuel amalgamator
Brock James farmer
Bass Lawrence butcher
Bass S S meat market
Bass J S P ferryman
Bemis G A machinist
Cannon John miner
Dryden L T merchant
Day Joseph teamster
Flack Jack capitalist
Fruland J laborer
Ferguson J F assayer
Greer James N miner
Hall J R saloon
Hall G W mine owner
Henderson John foreman
Hill William engineer
Harrow J G teamster
Hanan James laborer
Hector blacksmith
Hawk J N blacksmith
Hume Ed superintendent
McKinnon A teamster
Marsa J merchant
Mann Riley miner
McGarrey James saloon
Miles D engineer
Miles John farmer
McClure H C miner
Montgomery James farmer
Popejoy Theodore M miner
Powell K farmer
Silverthorn Geo ferryman
Smith Fred teamster
Smith J P attorney
Skinner Robert miner
Seaman P merchant
Stubbs N P foreman
Suppan Cornelius teamster
Tucker F T teamster
Thompson Mrs. William hotel
Williams Lem hotel and corral


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