Mining
IN NEVADA COUNTY
 

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Becoming California, stories from California Gold Rush History

The three types of mining :


Placer
Placer mining was one of the earliest mining methods discovered by the miners. This type of mining used manual techniques and tools such as sluice boxes, pans, and rockers located near rivers and streams.


Placer Mining

Coyote Holes



Hydraulic
Hydraulic mining was the most destructive type, leaving the land unusable as a result. The miners used huge pressure cannon that forced water at the cliffside and washed chunks of rock containing gold from the cliff down into the river where they used placer mining techniques to retreive the gold.


Hydraulic Mining

First Long Distance Phone Line



Hardrock
A series of shafts or tunnels dug into the earth. This was used to retreive the gold that was buried underneath the earth's surface. The miners were forced to go underground in order to mine in this manner.


Our Visit to the 16 to 1 Mine

The Day They Pulled "The Whopper" out of the 16 to 1 Mine.

The Grass Valley Union: The Whopper Comes to Our Classroom

The Empire Mine

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