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Belleville, California was a gold mining boomtown in the San Bernardino Mountains of San Bernardino County, California. The settlement grew up rapidly following the discovery of gold by William F. Holcomb in Holcomb Valley early 1860. Which helped the town challenge the seat of San Bernardino County (which subsequently after the election in 1861 went to San Bernardino). Belleville was named after Belle, the first child born in the new town.
The first phase of mining was by small groups or individuals for placer gold, by people with claims along stream beds. With better transportation, more prospectors with equipment arrived in the area. When the Bear Valley Mining District was founded, quartz mining began. Stamp mills required to crush the rock were built at different sites in the valleys.
It was a busy mining town for ten years, it was virtually abandoned before the end of the 19th century. It is now a ghost town.
The gold rush in Holcomb Valley lasted about 10 years, from 1860-1870. Hard rock mining continued for decades more in the mountains. For example, Lucky Baldwin’s Gold Mountain Mine produced from 1860 until 1919.