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November 3, 2014

Grass Valley: North Star Mining Museum; things to do

Highway 49--Gold Rush Country 

North Star Mining Museum  10933 Allison Ranch Rd./S end of Mill St., (530) 273-4255.  W-Sat 12-4; closed Nov-Apr.  By donation.

This museum is located inside a rustic 1895 stone building that once was the power house for the North Star Mine.

It displays a collection of old photographs, mining dioramas and models, and a 30-foot-diameter, 10-ton Pelton water wheel dating from 1896--the largest such wheel ever constructed.

It also displays the country’s largest operational Cornish pump, which was used to remove water from mine shafts.  An assay room, blacksmith shop, stamp mill, and dynamite-packing machine are also among the exhibits.     
A grassy picnic area is located across adjacent Wolf Creek in Glenn Jones Park and accessed via a beautiful rock footbridge. 

The Julia Morgan-designed North Star House is being renovated and meanwhile is a site for special events. 

More things to do in Grass Valley.

More things to do in Gold Rush Country.

More cats in exotic places.

More ideas for exploring Northern California. 

first three images courtesy of venues
last image ©2014 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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