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California Mines

Gold Rush Country, Silver Mine, Copper, Tungsten Mines

California Mine Tours, Mining Towns, Historic Mining Camps, Regional Mining Districts

Columbia State Park
Columbia State Park

DESERT MINES & RAILWAYS

Moab, UTAH
Uraniam Mines & Recreation

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Cemetery @ Virginia City, NV

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Historic State Parks related to Mining

Columbia State Historic Park
209-588-9128
Jackson, CA

(Sutter Gold Mine)

In 1945 California made this large mining camp a State Park in order to preserve the typical Gold Rush town, an example of one of the most colorful eras in American history. Today visitors can take a step back in time to experience life in Gold Rush era of the 1850’s and 60’s in California.

Gold Country California
Gold Rush Towns HIGHWAY 49

Empire Mine State Historic Park
530-273-8522
Grass Valley, CA

Empire Mine State Historic Park is a state-protected mine and park in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Grass Valley, California, U.S. The Empire Mine is on the National Register of Historic Places, a federal Historic District, and a California Historical Landmark

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
530-265-2740
North Bloomfield, CA

Out of all the mining techniques, hydraulic mining is the most destructive to the land. Canons spray the hillsides with water, forcably washing the soil away to expose rock and gold deposits underneath. The abundant runoff produced clogged stream beds, dead vegetation and debris flows into the major rivers. Orchard towns in the valley were inundated with rocks and floods which destroyed homes, crops and businesses. Levees were built around the farming communities, but the protection was no match for the amount of mine tailings washing down river. Eventually legislation was passed to ban the hydro-blasting mining practice and these were the first environmental laws on the books in California.

Plumas Eureka State Park
530-836-2380
Johnsville, CA
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Originally constructed as the miner’s bunkhouse, the museum now serves as a visitor center. Inside, displays depict the natural and cultural history of the park. Outside and across the street from the museum is the historic mining area, where the Mohawk Stamp Mill, Bushman five-stamp mill, stable, mine office, historic miner’s residence and the blacksmith shop depict life in gold rush-era California.

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
530-622-3470
Coloma, CA

The oak lined foothills of the (American South Fork) river valley and Coloma proper is dedicated to preservation, parks, tourism, camping and lodging. The highway runs over a mile of State Park fronted land. Picnic tables, parks, historic buildings, mine history, museums, campgrounds, and river rafting.

Knight Foundry
209-560-6160
Sutter Creek, CA

Knight Foundry is America’s last water-powered foundry and machine shop and a premier relic of Mother Lode gold mining.

Knights Foundry
Mining History @ Sutter Creek, CA

 

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SIERRA NEVADA MINES

Alpha Omega Mines (Omega Diggins)
Washington, CA

Donner Mine Camp
Bear River, west of Donner Pass I-80

Kongsberg, CA
Highway 4, east of Ebbetts Pass

Pine Creek Tungsten Mine
northwest of Bishop, CA US 395

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GOLD RUSH COUNTRY TOWNS
& MINING CAMPS
Sierra Nevada Foothills

Gold Country California
Gold Rush Towns HIGHWAY 49

(towns listed from north to south below)

Forbestown Yuba Feather Museum
530-675-1025
19096 New York Flat Road
Forbestown, CA 95941
(open only in summer)
Yuba Feather Historical Associates

Jackson, CA

Kennedy Gold Mine Tours
209-223-9542

Angels Camp @ HWY 49Angels Camp (Angels City, CA)

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA MINING

Mining activity in the North State of California is way less than the Central Gold Country regions. While mining tourism and western themed downtowns cannot be found up here, historic hotels, cattle ranching, wide open views and unlimited dirt roads can. New beer breweries are popping up and also, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is routed nearby!

Northern California mines
Northern California mines

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Weaverville Main Street
Weaverville Main Street HWY 299

Weaverville, CA
Mining Museums on Main Street

Jake Jackson Memorial Museum
530-623-5211

Joss House State Historic Park
530-623-5284

Weaverville Firefighter Museum
530-623-6156

Weaverville History

Museum Trinity County

Weaverville Museums

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MINING

Blue Light Mine
Silverado Canyon, Orange County

Carrizo Gorge Goat Trestle
Tunnels & Railway
Anza Borrego Desert

Dawn Mine @ Millard Falls
Altadena, CA

Eagle Mine
west of Mount Baldy
Angeles National Forest

Julian Mine Tours
Eagle & High Peak Mine
Julian, CA
951-313-0166

Carrizo Gorge Railway
Hiking Destination: Carrizo Gorge Trestle
Virginia City, NV
Virginia City, Nevada
Coloma State Park
Coloma State Park

American River California

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American River, Central Sierra Nevada

Donner Pass – Gold Country California
El Dorado National Forest
Folsom Lake, Sacramento, CA

This is a major river in the Sierra Nevada landscape, as well as in the Gold Rush history of California. Many mining camps, railways, old abandon mines, dirt roads, hiking trails, mountain biking routes, waterfalls and even ancient artifacts can be found on the back roads. The native tribes once heavily populated these river canyons since the location is ideal, half way between the big mountains and the sunny warm valley.

snowNorth fork of American River drains most of the Donner Pass region, all along Interstate 80. Indian Creek is a feeder stream coming from Sugar Pine Reservoir. No large reservoirs exist along this American North Fork, although there is a wide section of the river, above Auburn, called the North Fork Lake.

Middle fork of American River comes down from the Granite Cheif Wilderness, next to Lake Tahoe; Foresthill (3225′ elev) is a small mountain community w/ a ranger station; French Meadows Reservoir is way back in there, toward the highest peaks @ 9000′ elevation.

South fork of American River parallels the State Highway 50, which connects Placerville to Lake Tahoe via the Kyburz Pass. Union Valley Reservoir and Ice House Reservoir make up this part of the drainage for abundant snow melt.

The north and middle flows of this river join in Auburn, near the freway @ I-80. The south fork joins the rest downhill in the Central Valley, at Folsom Lake, NW of Sacramento, CA

rapids: turbulent, fast moving water

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River Rafting on the American River

This is a rapid moving river, with serious force. Not to be taken lightly. Wear life vest and stay alive; Don’t swim in dangerous conditions and spare your life!

Go whitewater river rafting with experienced leaders, who offer professional guide rafting tours. Always wear a life vest in the water. Toying around with an inflatable cheap raft on a big river, can leads to all kinds of trouble.

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American River south fork James W. Marshall discovered gold in January of 1848 on the South Fork of the American River

  • backpackfish
  • camp
  • fish
  • hike
  • kayak
  • mountain bike
  • museums
  • off-road
  • raft
  • swim

Numerous feeder creeks and rivers drain into American River:

  • Indian Creek
  • Owl Creek
  • Pilot Creek
  • Rubicon River
  • Secret Ravine
  • Silver Creek (flows to south fork)
  • Silver Fork of the American River (flows to north fork)

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Camping & Campgrounds on the American River

south fork (CA Hwy 49 & US Hwy 50)

middle fork (CA Hwy 49)

north fork (CA Hwy 49 & I-80)

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Auburn Lodging near the American River with numerous unique overnight options closeby. Colfax, the rail-town up the interstate, also has small motels and inns, most are freeway close. Foresthill is a residential area near the Middle Fork of the American River. Placerville, on the South Fork has more hotel choices. See more on Historic Gold Country

 

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Towns along American River:

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