27. Ti Bar: Mile marker 16.5

  • Ti Bar in Karuk language is Tíih.
  • For two months in 1987, Ti Bar Flat became a giant encampment... a city filled with several thousand rugged firefighters and support crews from all over the United States.
  • Ti Bar Flat offers a primitive and expansive picnic or camping experience for those who like rockhounding within a river setting.
  • Roosevelt elk are the largest native land mammals in California and are likely to be seen browsing from here to Orleans. Be cautious, they are easily startled and not intimidated by vehicles. Elk can be dangerous.
  • The return of heavy rains in 1998 soaked the east canyon, resulting in a million yards of mountain sliding toward the Klamath and taking the highway with it.
  • The nearby Ti Bar Demonstration Project ongoing in this area is a collaboration between the Karuk Natural Resources Department and the Forest Service. Based on ancient Tribal forest management practices, this effort includes the use of cool burns (fire) to control brush and promote regrowth of fire-dependent plant communities.

28. Hickox Mine/Teneyck Creek: Mile marker 2.2

Believed to be Luther Hickox on road in Somes
Photo courtesy Siskiyou County Museum
  • 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.

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