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Re: Slacks Canyon
Posted by: Helene Longmire Hancock (ID *****1619) Date: July 12, 2003 at 12:11:04
In Reply to: Slacks Canyon by Bill Norin of 509

Slack Canyon is in the San Ardo - Parkfield area in Monterey County.

Named for a former settlement and major stage station. The canyon runs about 6 miles where it joins the lower end of Peachtree Valley near the site of the former Slack Canyon Conservation Camp. John W. Slack migrated to Hangtown, CA, in 1854 from Kentucky. He prospered but later lost his fortune when his ship was wrecked off Point Conception. He married Ellen Kamp at San Jose in 1858 and settled in the canyon that now bears his name. He developed a cattle business. In 1862 he sold all his cattle and moved to San Luis Obispo County.

In 1875 directory listed 26 persons served by the Slack Canyon Post Office: 13 stock raisers, 8 farmers, 1 dairyman, 1 miner, 1 laborer, 1 stage proprietor and 1 postmater. The area consisted of a post office, hotel, saloon and stage stop run by George Powell.

I hope this helps. Happy Hunting.


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