Jacksonville to be Flooded Under New Don Pedro Dam

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KPIX Eyewitness News report from August 28th 1970 by Dave Monsees in Jacksonville (Tuolumne County, CA), which is soon to be flooded by the New Don Pedro Dam and will lie at the bottom of a reservoir. Includes views of Jacksonville and an interview with an engineer, who explains that water from the old Don Pedro dam will be transferred into the New Don Pedro Dam which will be a deep finger reservoir, containing 2 million acre feet of water and have a shoreline of about 159 miles. Also features an interview with a Jacksonville resident at Klein Cafe Groceries, who states that locals are unhappy with the way that compensation and relocation issues have been handled. He goes on to declare that: "We're gonna stay here just as long as we can and we're gonna fight 'em to the last straw." It should be noted that Lake Don Pedro is now the 6th largest body of water in California and all that remains of Jacksonville (first settled in 1849 by Julian Smart) is an historic marker, which was dedicated at the northern approach to Don Pedro Bridge on November 19th 1971.

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archival newsfilm
16mm color, co-magnetic silent/sound film
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KPIX 103068

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Is the person being interviewed at the store, still alive today?

My grandparents lived about 1/4 mile from Jacksonville in a little wooden house by Moccasin Creek. There,they operated a campground called Golden Chain Campground. When work on the dam began my grandparents relocated to highway 120 not far from Chinese Camp.There,they built a house. An elderly friend of theirs who had also been displaced lived on their property in a trailer.   Diana Boegel

Where were the people relocated? I could not find any information at the Sonora recorder.

I worked on the dam as an Office Engineer for the Contractor, G. F. Atkinson.I know it was very difficult on the local population, especially the ranchers who lost land and were not allowed to have lake access.  But without the dam, in the years following there would have been massive life and property lost to flooding.  

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