HATFIELDS CAMP CALIFORNIA
Founded by a man with an idea
Unoccupied Historic Mining Camp
Hatfield’s Camp was located near the back side of Bonanza Gulch along the El Paso Mountains. Founded, but more popularly remembered by the idea of its famed rainmaker, Charles Hatfield who arrived here in the early 1900’s. Hatfield, a man who claimed to the ability of producing rain, had the idea of damming the hillside just below some rich claims hoping the water current would wash floating surface gold on to his claim and in to his newly built reservoir. Unfortunately for Hatfield his dam could not hold the amount of water that rushed down that hillside in 1916 during the first rain, and his idea and gold rushed right down the canyon with it wiping out his 6-ton concentrating plant.
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