Doble California is a gold mining town and ghost town which is located off the western shore of Lake Baldwin in San Bernardino, California. The town began life as Bairdstown in 1873 when the Carter brothers filed a gold mine claim. The original town was named for Samuel Baird who was instrumental in securing financing from San Francisco and the capital to establish larger scale mining operations. Baird purchased the two richest claims from the Carter brothers in December of 1873 for a sum of $30,000. This “buyout” served as an impressive buyout for the short run of the Carter brothers.
One of these capitol investors was Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin (April 3, 1828 – March 1, 1909) and known as was “one of the greatest pioneers” of California business, an investor, and real estate speculator during the second half of the 19th century.Continue Reading →