Friday, August 15, 2014, was filled with research starting at the Tuolumne Historical Society & Museum. The sky was the limit for topics ranging from anything on John App to the App mine, to the Clark-Skidmore Party, to anything else that might help piece together puzzles.
I’m collecting fragments of information about the App mine, which was founded in 1856, (and other mines that John App purchased though his mining company) and hope to create from it a single document describing its founding, production, and history along with pictures from down inside the mine in the early days. There were several historical society articles that chronicled the passage of the Clark-Skidmore Party along the Walker River route south to Sonora, California which I will also compile as an interesting history as it relates to John App.
A National Forest Service Ranger was with me who is also interested in the Clark-Skidmore Party and the John App saga. There are very few accessible areas in the Stanislaus National Forest from where a person can see the route that was take by the party, but I hope to have some photos from some of those places.