Coram, California


Coram Details

Status: Ghost Town

Date Settled: 1906

Current Population: none

Peak Population: ~2,000

Elevation: 600 Feet (183 meters)

Primary Mineral: Copper

State: California

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Coram Description

This undated photograph shows the thriving town of Coram which was established upon Motion Creek, in Shasta County, by the Balaklala Mine & Smelter Company in 1906. This photograph showcases the Culver Hotel & The Smelter House Beer & Restaurant. The town became incorporated in 1910 and dis-incorporated in 1918. The town was named for Joseph Coram one of the energetic owners of the Balaklala Mine & Smelter Company. It was located a half mile south of Shasta Dam and the townsite included a smelter. It boasted a population of 2,000 residents at one time with 23 saloons, gambling halls, boarding houses, 3 hotels, 2 butcher shops, & other variety stores. In 1924 a raging fire destroyed much of the townsite. In 1926 the chimney of the smelter was dynamited and destroyed. In the later half of the 1930's Coram became a stock yard for Shasta Dam materials.

Text and photo courtesy of the Shasta Historical Society.

Did You Know.......

A mine is a hole in the ground, owned by a liar.
-Mark Twain


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