Highway 49--Gold Rush Country
Miners Foundry Cultural Center 325 Spring St., (530) 265-5040.
This building dates back to 1856, when it made metal parts for local mines.
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In 1879, it made the world’s first Pelton Wheel--a local invention that revolutionized hydroelectric power production. The foundry ceased operation in 1965. A self-guided tour explains many historical artifact displays and exhibits. Today this structure is used as a venue for special events, which are scheduled regularly.
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