Mike's saying this valley dates back to the 1800s for mining and ranching. He says Etna is over to the right, which is east or south or southeast, whatever. Apparently Etna was a big gold mining center. We’re passing our first cattle sign of the ride; apparently we need to be on the look out for steer and cows and cattle shaped stuff for the the next 20 miles.”- Transcribed from a recorded audio note dictated by Kyle Von Hoetzendorff at 8:14 AM on 16 July 2013 during the start of Brovet #4 Mythical State of Jefferson Permanent.
In fact, the Scott Valley33Which is notably different than Scott’s Valley, a city in Santa Cruz County., as well as the federally designated Wild & Scenic Scott River, was named for John W. Scott, a prospector who in 1850 was the first to discover gold in the area. Unlike many other regions mined during the California Gold Rush, the Scott River continued to be prospected well into the 1900s via river dredging, with operations continuing in some areas until legal changes forced their closure in 195544A detailed description of a 19th-century dredging operation in Callahan is available here under “Extensive Mining.”. However, it’s economic importance had been established years earlier, with trapping operations so successful in the area (now home to the towns of Fort Jones, Etna and Greenview) that the valley’s original western name was Beaver Valley. Stephen Meek, who hunted and trapped all over the West for the Hudson Bay Company, thought Scott Valley was the best trapping area he ever visited/worked.