Bass Lake: A Gold Rush Artifact

Bass Lake: A Gold Rush Artifact

by John Thomson


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Most people who live around Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills know that Bass Lake is on Bass Lake Road, a mile or so north of Highway 50. But few, if any of them know from whence Bass Lake came, or why it is there.

Old-time residents recall that at one time you could picnic and go fishing at Bass Lake. Stories abound, but to many, the lake’s origins are lost.

No doubt many would be surprised to learn that Bass Lake, or American Reservoir, as it was known then, was a part of the great mining ditch systems of the California Gold Rush. American Reservoir became the eastern terminus of what was first known as the Eureka Ditch, later as the Crawford Ditch, and then as the Park Canal and Mining Company ditch system.

This is the story of the development of the mining ditches of southern El Dorado County, the story of the ditch companies that built those ditch systems, and how and when Bass Lake, originally known as the American Reservoir, came to be a living artifact of the Gold Rush of 1849.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780966939231
Publisher: Price World Publishing
Publication date: 12/13/2018
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

John E. Thomson, a native of California, is a founding member of the Clarksville Region Historical Society, and has been a member of its Board of Directors for a number of years.
During his professional career John held research or management positions at GATX Leasing Corporation, San Francisco; Bechtel Corporation, San Francisco; and Syntex Corporation, Palo Alto. He consulted for Cisco Sytems, Raychem Corporation, and Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited (BHP).
In academia, John held various positions at Phillips Junior College, Heald College, National Hispanic University, John Moores University (Liverpool), and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He earned an Associate of Arts (A.A.) from El Camino College, Torrance, California; a Bachelor of Science in Administrative Science (B.S.A.S.) from Pepperdine University, Malibu; a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Golden Gate University, San Francisco; and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in International Business from International University of America, London.
John is the author of numerous papers and monographs, including "Entertainment Services on the Information Highway: The Case for Video-on-Demand" (1996), and co-authored the book Life After Layoff (1999) with his wife Frances Thomson.
John and Fran live with their cat, Miss Puss, in El Dorado Hills, California.

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