A. JAMES HARLAN, continued
The Lawrence Mill, located near the newly established town site of Lawrence, was completed in 1892. This reduction works took advantage of the proximity of the Battle Mountain mines and water flowing down Wilson Creek. The town site itself grew from a cattle ranch settled along the same stream. Charles M. MacNeill was hired to manage the Lawrence Mill. MacNeill later joined the Tutt & Penrose syndicate.
In 1892, the Town of Lawrence was home to approximately 300 people, mostly mill workers and their families. There were several general stores, and, as to be expected in a mining camp, assay offices. But there was also a school said to have 45 pupils.
It wasn’t long, though, before the more conveniently located settlement of Victor, on the land of the Mt. Rosa Mines and Land Company, increased its population. The Woods Investment Company owned the Mt. Rosa Placer and soon realized the property would be more productive if platted as a townsite, especially since the Woods Company owned several other gold producing mines in the area, such as the Gold Coin, Dillon, and Black Diamond.