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Are there any Ghost Towns or abandoned mining stuff near you?

We live in the Gold Rush country of California so we come across abandoned gold-rush-era stuff strewn around the hills. While hiking to our favorite swimming hole on the West Branch of the Feather River, we pass the remains of a gold-getting project from the latter half of the 1800's on our way to swim in crystal clear river water.

Around here they did hydraulic mining using large water cannons to blast away entire sides of mountains to get at gold that had been deposited by an ancient river. It is well known that gold is found where quartz is found, so these water cannons were always set up where they found large seams of quartz.

water cannon

This type of uncontrolled destruction to the mountain sides caused massive amounts of rubble...estimated to be at least 1.5 billion cubic yards of soil and be ripped away then washed into the rivers. Damage to the fish, fauna and habitat was horrendous and completely unregulated. Here's a link to the Oakland, CA museum about this:

The rubble rushed down the rivers into the valleys and farms during heavy winter rain storms. Farms, orchards and even whole towns would end up under dirt and rubble. This yearly destruction started a political war between farmers and hydraulic gold miners. It finally became so intolerable that in 1884 in San Francisco Judge Lorenzo Sawyer decided in favor of the farmers declaring that hydraulic mining was “a public and private nuisance.” California disallowed hydraulic mining to continue on a large scale. It could only be done on tributaries to rivers and only if dam structures were built to contain the rubble.

Here's a link to wikipedia about this:

water cannon
hydaulic mining
From where I'm standing taking the first picture below, there's a sheer cliff of more than 300 feet straight down from the false moves!
02_path to river
A burbling creek we walk past makes it's way to the river as we do the same.
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Finally the view from river level itself. We are looking at the river from in front of the abandoned gold rush era equipment which is right behind us. It's the same view they saw back in the 1870's when they were ripping down the sides of the opposite mountain with water cannons.
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Follow me below the orange New Day cloud to see the abandoned equipment.

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Water was used to both shoot out the giant water cannons and to run equipment that brought the resulting dirt and rock along conveyor belt driven equipment to sluice boxes where the heavy gold was removed from the gravel as it settled behind "riffle boards." What took place was essentially a giant mechanized gold panning-type operation. After these sites were abandoned, the water cannon nozzles themselves were easily removed, but the other parts were deemed too difficult to be carted out...and so they remain behind to this day.

In the picture below is a huge wheel made of pure iron. It is taller than I am. A flat-strap pulley was moved along the outside of this wheel. The width of the flat outer edge of this wheel is a least 10 inches across.

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Here is a giant cog that was moved by the revolving wheel. This chunk of iron is immovable by me. In other words, it weighs a ton! In the second picture below is a shaft belonging to the mechanism.

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How did they get this giant stuff working? They channeled water from higher up the river through wooden flumes that then fed the water through huge iron pipes that lead down to the machinery. The pressure generated at the site by gravity was as high as 5000 pounds per square inch and caused water to shoot out of the water cannons as far as 500 feet.

wooden flume
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10_gold mining rig

Here is smileycreek looking around which gives you an idea of the size of the part that controlled the water flow through the giant iron pipes. In the bottom picture you'll see the cement block they built for the equipment to rest upon. See how the cement is clearly not made by machines? It is very uneven telling us it was created by hand and poured in many, many rounds.

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11-gold mining rig

After we hike past this old hydraulic mining equipment, we have to scamper across hot, jagged serpentine hillsides to get to our swimming hole. It's a great work out for your legs and ankles.

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04B_path to river

And here we have finally gotten to our swimming hole. Check out the very interesting rock in the bottom picture. It's right where our "beach" is along the river.

feather river swimming hole
13_where we hang
12_where we hang

BONUS PICTURE. This is the Stage Coach Stop in Paradise, CA. Yes, it's the original building. It is now owned by a man that does tax returns. I had to take two pictures to capture the whole building so the lighting is a bit different in each of the two shots I put together to make one picture (you can clearly see the different lighting).

stage coach stop
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