Dams - Redridge

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• The Atlantic Mining Company's log dam at Redridge, was built in 1890-91 by the Atlantic Mining Company to supply its newly built mill with sufficient water supply to use in its copper processing. The water from the dam was routed to the mill via a wooden launder shown here in the foreground and the route ran directly north at surface level along where the old road ran and in front of the August Kaiser residence back of the Coggin's home and then over the roadway that led down to the ball ground and to Simonson's residence. After passing over the roadway it lead directly to the mill site.Two children drowned accidently in the waterway or launder. They were Fred Gabe age 13 who was sitting on a cover dangling his feet in the rushing waters to keep cool on a hot summer day and then he slipped in and was pulled underneath the heavy wooden covers and down into the mill where his body was recovered. Also little Elizabeth Carpenter drowned in the launder as she slipped into a misplaced cover over the launder and was dragged underneath and down into the mill where her body was recovered. She was 7 years of age and was on her way to enter the school yard. The launder ran across the roadway into the school and paralell to the school. The water eventually stopped when the Atlantic Mill closed in September of 1912. The Carpenters moved out west and Elizabeth's brother, Chelis Carpenter, eventually became the U. S. Federal District Attorney for all of the San Francisco Bay area.This photo was taken by Bill Brinkman immediately after the Copper Range Company decided to lower all the water in the steel dam thereby exposing the original log dam and its environs. All this area had been under water since 1902 on the completion of the Steel Dam by the Baltic Mining Company. Now, viewers will be unable to see this scene for its all grown in by shrubs, second growth maple and other vegetation. Photo taken in summer of 1947. [Back of photo]
11/8/2007 1:07:28 PM by Christine Holland, Archives