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October 27, 1863: Waldo, Oregon

October 27, 2013

Where's Waldo?

Waldo site; by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

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View north into Oregon, from road to Waldo; by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

[Today] we crossed the Siskiyou Mountains to Sailor Diggings, just over the line in Oregon. Our trail ded up a hill some three thousand feet or more above our starting point in the morning and stopping place at night—a tremendous hill. The views were very fine. The stupendous canyons—those of Klamath River and its tributaries—the snowy form of Mount Shasta in the distance, the rugged peaks of the Siskiyou, some of them spotted with snow, the view far into Oregon—all were beautiful. We struck the head of Illinois River and followed it down to Sailor Diggings.

Sailor Diggings, or Waldo, as it is officially called, is a mining town in Josephine County, Oregon, but so near the state line that for a time it voted in California. Here were formerly very rich diggings, and some pay yet. A single piece of gold once found near here weighed over fifteen pounds and was worth over $3,100.

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