Tag: California Mother Lode

Map of the California Mother Lode.

Most famous for the hard rock mining areas on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains on either side of Highway 49.

Hamby Mine

According to Mindat.org the Hambey operated from 1900 to 1916 and sooner. Workings include underground openings comprised of a vertical 300 foot shaft with levels at 200 feet (the vein is 220 feet from the shaft at this depth), and at…

Omega Mine

  The Omega Mine is located just west of Forest City along Oregon Creek. Of all the mines in the area we have visited the Omega has the least amount of history out on the web. Basically all I could…

Kate Hardy Mine

  The Kate Hardy Mine is located west of Forest City and Alleghany. Mining began in 8160 and purchased by Will Beggs in 1909 and managed by the Beggs family for many decades. The mine is now owned by the Brush…

Discovery-Dondero Mine

The Discovery Dondero Mine was submitted by Sean Berry-Kelly who also took the photos. Sean writes; “This is a now an abandoned mine, down a 2 mile access road off of Yankee hill road, in Columbia, CA. The mine is…

Gwin Mine

Gwin Mine was posted by an anonymous author who wrote, “It was once the fostoria mine & then asenator bought it. It is really neat & is what started me on my journey of this history”. The Gwin Mine began…

Chinese Camp

We have driven by and through Chinese Camp several times over the years on our travels up and down Highway 49 but never stopped. But now with Lake Don Pedro so low and the Tarantula and Eagle-Shawmut Mines exposed we…

Tarantula Hawk Mine

The Tarantula Mine can only be seen when Lake Don Pedro is at extremely low levels as it was when we visited in November 2014. Part of the Eagle-Shawmut operation, very little history is available on the web. A 1915…

Sutter Gold Mining – North Star Mine

Located right off old Highway 49 is what used to be the North Star Mine (according to USGS Topo) now owned by Sutter Gold Mining Inc.. Sutter Gold offered underground tours in a jeep like buggy for a few years…

Keystone Mine

The Keystone Mine was a significant contributor to gold production in the Mother Lode producing $24,000,000 in gold to a depth of 2680′ from 1851 until it’s close in 1952. At one point 40 stamps were crushing ore with 100…

Newton Mine

The Newton is the only copper mine so far that we have visited and added to this site. It sits only yards off highway 88 so it was an easy drive bye on our way to Jackson. We didn’t hop…

Treasure Mine

Mining began in the 1850’s with an 8 stamp mill added in 1867. The mine reached a depth of 3030′ on incline and a drift connected to the Bunker Hill Mine to the south. Mining ceased in 1922. This is…

Fremont – Gover Mine

I have never seen a headframe so twisted, mangled and distorted. I really wonder how this happened, to much load, wind, who knows? The claim is composed of several mines with works beginning in the 1850’s and a main shaft…

North Fork Mine

The North Fork Mine was worked from 1875 to the 1930’s with a 13 degree shaft 1000′ long and a crosscut 1000′ long and 3 levels of inclines producing up to $6000 a week, over 50,000 oz of gold. All…

Jamison Mine (Jamison City)

A popular hiking destination located within Plumas-Eureka State Park. The Jamison was a top producer that once yielded a 52lb nugget. The mine site is also known as Jamison City. Within the valley are the Eureka Tunnel, the Mohawk Mill…

Murphys

Murphys was originally known as Murphys Camp, named after brothers John and Daniel who began placer mining in the area in 1848. Claims were limited to 8 sq/ft and miners still managed to get rich. The brothers gave up on…

Georgetown Stampmill

On Main Street in Georgetown is a restored stamp mill from the Slate Mountain Mine. The mine was a few miles south east of town. The mill was restored and operated on Founders Day 2007 by Ray Little, his family ran…

Sierra City

A mining settlement established in 1850. In 1852 a snow avalanche destroyed the camp and it was not resettled for several years. Today a few period buildings remain on Main Street which is HWY 49. The towns once population of…

Nevada City

First settled in 1849 as “Nevada” but not incorporated until 1856 and the word “city” added in 1864. Today the town features many period buildings including hotels and a brewery. A popular destination when touring California’s Gold Country. Luzena Wilson…

Stamp Mill – Downieville Memorial Park

Not much is know about this 5 stamp mill other than the men pictured above restored it in 2012 to be placed in the Downieville Memorial Park along side a boiler, steam engine and pelton wheel.

Gold Bug Park (Gold Bug Mine & Priest Mine)

The Gold Bug Park features an underground tour of the authentic hard rock mining shaft of “Gold Bug Mine”. The mine started in 1888 and now has a wooden floor and audio tours. You can also tour the older “Priest…

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