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100% of the cost of these items go to the Mineral King District Association's efforts to preserve the historic Mineral King community through permit transfer. Click here to print out the Order Form.

From 19th century mining town to 21st century summer resort, Mineral King has always demonstrated a spirit of continuity and community. Small cabins constructed by early silver miners and their families still stand, along with others built in the 1920s and 30s. Many cabin families go back five or more generations. The community's historic legacy recently was confirmed by its listing in the National Register of Historic Places. "Mineral King: The Heritage of Community" combines new and archival film footage, historic photos, and interviews with cabin dwellers and visitors. 
The Empire Mine was the focus of the promise of riches in the 1870s. When Tom Fowler purchased the mine from Harry O'Farrell's, he formed The Mineral King Wagon and Toll Road Company and work was begun on the construction of the (in)famous Mineral King road. The Empire mine did not produce the ore as the miners had hoped, and it was deserted. During the 1969 filming of a documentary on the history of Mineral King, Bruton Peterson and Jim Rascoe photographed the inside of the mine. This is a rarely seen view of the abandoned mine; very few photos exist of its interior. This picture is professionally printed on high quality photo paper, sized approximately 10 x 12 inches. 

A continued tradition in the Mineral King community is the Ladies Tea on the Friday afternoon prior to the annual Membership Meeting in August. Mineral King women gather for tea and cookies, and catch up on family news. In 2000, a cookbook was published, containing recipes handed down through generations of wives, mothers and daughters in the cabin dwellers. Not only are there delicious mountain recipes, but the Mineral King Ladies Tea Cookbook includes baking tips, high altitude directions, Mineral King memories, original drawings, and humorous stories about cabin experiences.

Additional Mineral King merchandise available through the Mineral King Preservation Society:
Mineral King T-shirts

The Mule Men: A History of Stock Packing in the Sierra
The Silver Rush at Mineral King - 1873-1882
Mineral King: The Story of Beulah