The South Hite Gold Mining Company owned and operated the Hites Cove gold mine situated on the South Merced River near the Yosemite Valley in Mariposa County, California. Gold was first discovered there in 1862 by John R. Hite. The company was incorporated in California in 1881, but had its main offices in New York, N.Y. Over its life span the mine produced an estimated 3 million dollars worth of gold.
Scope and Content
This collection consists primarily of the correspondence between William H. Widman and J.F. Towle, both of whom worked for the South Hite Mining Company. J.F. Towle, the assistant secretary, frequently wrote to William H. Widman, the superintendent at the Hites Cove mine. Their correspondence mainly covered stock transactions and reports of how the company was doing financially. In addition to this there are letters from stockholders to Widman, a few personal pieces of correspondence, and a copy of James D. Hague's The Hite mine (Boston, 1878).