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Frank Williams memoir, page 7

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The most cordial relations continued, however, between the two groups and late in March when my uncle and I quit work upon the Rose, I moved over to the Keystone and worked, for about six weeks upon some of Mr. Humphrey's claims west of the Chariot mine.During this spring Vanderbilt was having quite a boom and my uncle made two or three trips over there, up in New York Mountain, 7 miles southwest of Vanderbilt, Mr. Isaac Blake, of Denver had over 100 men at work upon silver ore and he started a branch railroad from the station of Goffs, 30 miles west of Needles, to "tap" those mines. It was avowed intention, however, to extend this road up past Goodsprings and on to Salt Lake City. Hopes ran high in Goodsprings that spring. Very extravagant hopes, too, as future events proved. A "committee" was sent here by Mr. Blake, who looked over this district and reported that the lead mines here would produce 1000 tons of shipping ore per day. Mr. Blake himself upon visits to this section fairly glutted the most sanguine with his promises.Within three months these rainbow expectations were blighted. His road stopped at Manvel, 30 miles from the place of beginning. His New York Mountain ore was used to pave the streets in Needles, and Mr. Blake himself was bankrupt.About the first of May I finished Mr. Humphrey's work and worked 16 days for my uncle on his "Chiquita" gold claim near the Chariot Mine.I then got a job in the Keystone mine where I worked about three weeks. While working there I became acquainted with a man named Edwards, a native of Vermont. I remember