The Lanfears and Coopwoods in California Posted in: Lifestyle "Enon Lanfear had a good paying gold mine, but it caved in and he was badly crushed — ribs broken and lungs punctured," according to his grandson, Dr. Vincent Wesley Lanfear.The Lanfear gold mine, called a gold occurrence, was in Plumas County, California, near Spring Garden at an elevation of 4,800 feet. It's now in the Plumas National Forest. Plumas means feather in Spanish and it takes its name from the river by that name.The park is large at 146,000 acres. It’s at the northern terminus of the Sierra Nevada Mountains with craggy peaks and dramatic canyons. The majestic trees ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!