Believed to be Luther Hickox on road in Somes
Photo courtesy Siskiyou County
- Ten Eyck Placer Mine was a hydraulic mine, the
largest in the area in 1881. This site (across the river)
originally was owned by George Teneyck and boasted a post
office in 1897.
- The Ten Eyck mine was sold to Luther Hickox, Justice
of the Peace/Lawman. He was said to have been "mean and a
real tough character." The mine became very profitable,
allowing Luther to be the first in the area to own a
motorized vehicle. Though the roads were primitive at
best, the family walked all the way to Somes where the
car was parked, just to take a Sunday drive.
- Luther's wife, Elizabeth Conrad Hickox, was one of
the best Native American basketmakers in the world. Her
baskets now grace the Smithsonian Institute. She traded
many of her magnificent creations for food and worn
clothing that she gave to family and friends in need
during the Depression.
- In its heyday, the mine is said to have produced
$10,000 in a week after the Depression. Luther would
gather the family into the car and go to San Francisco.
They stayed in the fanciest hotels and ate at the finest
restaurants, blowing money until it was gone and then
returned home to start all over again.