Following John App’s Journey to California – Research in Sonora

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.


Just outside Jamestown, California
Just outside Jamestown, California


On the way to Sonora from the north down Highway 49.
On the way to Sonora from the north down Highway 49.
Some of the original '49ers.

Some of the original ’49ers.

About storiesretoldblogger

I am an Elkhart, Indiana native and became interested in applying video to history when consumer video cameras were first introduced on the market in the late 1970’s. My production company, Stories Retold, specializes in preserving oral history, traditions, and values with video. Primarily interviewing individuals, I sometimes document families, and on occasion document an entire community. My niche is developing a personal relationship with clients which helps me to tell their story just the way they would like to have it told. Everyone has a story worth preserving, and I enjoy discovering interesting stories from people with whom I come into contact on a daily basis. In years to come, these videos will be priceless as they portray original stories complete with visual images and actual voices filled with all the primary material and emotion that was intended to be. I gain a strong sense of personal satisfaction with each completed project whether it involves an individual or an entire community.
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1 Response to Following John App’s Journey to California – Research in Sonora

  1. jkattau says:

    Where/how did you pick up a forest ranger??? Looks like you hit the jackpot for good information.

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