Monday, August 20, 2012

Highway 49--Gold Rush Country: Sierra City, Sierra County Historical Park


Sierra County Historical Park  100 Kentucky Mine Rd., off Hwy. 49, ½-mile E of town, (530) 862-1310.  W-Sun 10-5, June-Aug; closed Sept-May.  Mill tour at 11 & 2.  $7, 7-17 $3.50.  Museum only:  $1; under 6 free.  No credit cards. 
    The Kentucky Mine Museum displays mining artifacts, including an exact replica of the largest gold nugget ever found in Sierra County—a 103-pounder dubbed “The Monumental."  The museum is inside a reconstructed wood-frame former hotel dating from the mid-19th century.  Picnic tables and barbecue facilities are available under a canopy of oak trees.  A 45-minute guided tour through the reconstructed 7-story, 1850s Kentucky Mine Stamp Mill (where rocks were sorted and crushed) also begins here, and includes a visit to a replica miners’ cabin and to the portal of the mine (note that steep climbing and stairs are involved).  Participants view the original machinery--which is still intact and operable—and see a demonstration of a small Pelton water wheel and the stamping machine.

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video c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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