The first discovery of ore in Jefferson occurred in 1866, but things
didn't start to take off until around 1871. By 1874 Jefferson had a Post
Office and by 1876 over 800 citizens called Jefferson home.
The town featured two general merchandise stores, three blacksmith
shops, a Wells Fargo Express office, drugstore, barbershop, restaurants,
brewery, bakeries, school, hotels, but no record of any Internet Cafe's.
The Post Office in Jefferson opened and closed four times (I wonder
if this was caused by disgruntled postal workers?);
Oct 1874 to Jan 1879, Jan 1883 to Jan 1884, Mar 1885 to Jun 1886, and Jun
1890 to Aug 1890.
The main mining company's operating here were the Jefferson and
Prussian Mining Company's. Both mining company's built 10-Stamp mills and
operated until about 1878.
The Sierra Nevada Mine was discovered in 1873. This Mine is thought to
also be known as the Jefferson mine and in the 1909 timeframe a mill was
built on this property. This mill did not run for long due to litigation (here's
those damn lawyers again!) and in 1917 the mill was reconstructed and
equipped for the flotation process, but of course this failed.