Shannon Van Zant

Shannon Van Zant


I was born in the San Francisco Bay Area, but moved to Calaveras County as a child.  I attended local schools and graduated from Bret Harte High School.  Shortly after graduation, I joined the US Army and spent 4 years as a vehicle mechanic.  I was stationed in Germany for three of those years.  While living and working in Germany, I had the opportunity to travel and see much of Western Europe.  Upon returning to the United States, I was able to use my GI Bill to go to college and earn the following degrees:

AA Degree, Liberal Studies
Columbia Community College, Sonora, CA

BA Degree, History
CSU, Stanislaus, Turlock, CA

MA Degree, History
CSU, Stanislaus, Turlock, CA 

MA Degree, Political Science
CSU, Sacramento, Sacramento, CA


  • Manna, Salvatore John and Shannon Dixon Van Zant. Brands of Calaveras County 1854-1880. Calaveras Publishing, 2017
  • Manna, Salvatore John and Shannon Dixon Van Zant. Brands of Calavers County 1881-1913. Calaveras Publishing, 2018
  • Elliott, Maureen and Shannon Van Zant "The Legend of Ernest: Murder, Incest and Gold" Las Calaveras December 20222.
  • Historical Contributor to the following publications:

    Marvin,Judith, Julia G. Costello, and Salvatore Manna. Northern Calaveras County.CharlestonSC:Arcadia Pub.,2007. Print.

    Marvin,Judith, Julia Costello, and Salvatore Manna. Angels Camp and Copperopolis.CharlestonSC:Arcadia Pub.,2009. Print.

    Kramer,Carol A. Calaveras Big TreesCharleston,SCArcadiaPub., 2010. Print.

    Baxter,R. Scott., and Kimberly Wooten. Breweries of the Gold CountryCharlestonSCArcadia Pub., 2012.Print.

    Boessenecker,John. When Law Was in the Holster: The Frontier Life of Bob PaulNorman: U of Oklahoma,2012. Print.

    Lunsford,Sarah. Wineries of the Gold CountryCharleston,SCArcadiaPub., 2013. Print.

    Manna,Salvatore, and Terry Beaudoin. Olives in California's Gold CountryCharlestonSCArcadia, 2014. Print.

  • Rhodes,Patricia, Shannon Van Zant, Herschel Clowers, Wilson Currie, Lucien D. Hertert,and William H. McMaster. Columbia CollegeWoodcarving Collection: Bret Harte Stories & OthersSonora,CAColumbiaCollege IMC, 2009. Print.