We took a trip up to the Sierra Nevada and our group gained special permission from the California State Park service to explore a small underground portion of the massive Empire Mine inside the appropriately named Empire Mine State Historic Park in beautiful Grass Valley, California. Doug McConnell and local TV program “Bay Area Backroads” crew came along to film the event for one of their episodes. What an incredible opportunity!Read more
Alysia and I met up with Lewis, Cat,
We stopped by to check out this little three stamp mill in the western Sierra Nevada. It is a neat find. You don’t see many three stamp mills around. The mill was built around 1900 but never saw much use. It was electric powered and water was brought in on a flume. The Honeycomb mine was discovered in the 1880s and was a lode quartz gold mine. It never amounted to much with only a few thousand feet of workings.
While exploring the area we found an arrastra too. I would guess the arrastra pre-dates the stamp mill but you never know.