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Levi H. Tower
Birth: Sep. 10, 1820
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
Death: Nov. 12, 1865
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA

On a small plot, above the banks of Willow Creek, Levi H. Tower rests in peace.

In the prime of his life and in year of his demise, after battling a lingering illness, Levi Tower traveled to San Francisco for medical care. He died there in November of 1865 from typhoid fever. His remains were returned to Shasta County and buried on his property across the creek from the Tower House that bore his name until it was destroyed by fire in 1919.

The date Nov. 13, as seen on his headstone, is in conflict with various official documents and his obituary which records the 12th of November as the day he died.

See addition biographical details at:

Levi Tower biography

Charles Camden biography

Obituary as printed in 1865:

Tower, Levi H.
The Shasta Courier, November 18, 1865

In San Francisco. Nov. 12th, of typhoid fever, Levi H. Tower, of Tower House, Shasta County, aged 45 years, a native of Cumberland, R.I.

L. H. Tower, whose decease we chronicle above was one of the earliest pioneers of the State and of this county. He arrived in San Francisco in June, 1849, having been one of the company who purchased and brought around the ship Edward Everett. In June, 1850, he was one of several who took passage on board a schooner and coasted north in search of Trinity river, hoping to find there a harbor that would admit of and encourage the building of a city, the Trinity mines being then esteemed the El Dorado of California. Failing to find the object of their search, the party set out from Humboldt Bay to the mines on Trinity river, established a ferry on the South Fork of that river, and opened a trail to Arcata, on the sea coast, which is still traveled.

In 1853 he purchased the site upon which the Tower House now stands. His energy and enterprise made it what it is the best property in northern California. The friends of the deceased are many. His genial nature made him welcome everywhere, and his pleasant smile and cordial shake of the hand welcomed all visitors to the Tower House, and made his guests feel at home. The funeral will take place at the Tower House on Wednesday, 22d inst., at 1 p.m. The friends of deceased and of the family are invited to attend.

Transcribed by Dottie Smith:
Levi Tower
Family links: 
  Jason Tower (1787 - 1844)
  Philena Howard Tower (1787 - 1861)
  Mary Tower Brewer (1813 - 1845)*
  Levi H. Tower (1820 - 1865)
  Philena Tower Camden (1822 - 1893)*
*Calculated relationship

NOV. 13, 1865,
__ . __
A native of Cumberland,

Dearest Brother, thou hath left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But tis God who hast bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.

Note: Grave plot is located within the Tower House Historic District of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Levi Tower's grave is on the banks of present day Willow Creek ... this part of Willow Creek is called Crystal Creek in some historic documents.
Whiskeytown NRA
French Gulch
Shasta County
California, USA
Plot: Single plot
GPS (lat/lon): 40.66549, -122.63905
Created by: RD Hall
Record added: Feb 20, 2013
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Levi H. Tower
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