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Nevada City in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Monitor

 
 
The Monitor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 13, 2011
1. The Monitor Marker
Inscription. The first hydraulic mining originated on American Hill near Nevada City, California in 1853. This miners giant known as The Monitor washed hillsides away under high pressure uncovering gold bearing gravel beds. This mining technique flourished profitably until 1884 when the Sawyer decision closed hydraulic mining. Rivers were being filled with mud debris causing flooding of the rich farmlands below.
 
Erected 1965 by Hydraulic Parlor No. 56 Native Sons of the Golden West.
 
Location. 39° 15.746′ N, 121° 1.048′ W. Marker is in Nevada City, California, in Nevada County. Marker is on Broad Street near Union Alley. Click for map. Marker is located at Calanan Park located across the street from the National Hotel. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Broad Street, Nevada City CA 95959, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hydraulic Gold Mining 21-Inch Gate Valve (here, next to this marker); Nevada City, The “Queen City of the Northern Mines” (a few steps from this marker); Shaft Drill Core (a few steps from this marker); The National Hotel (within shouting distance of this
The Monitor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 13, 2011
2. The Monitor Marker
marker); National Exchange Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Robinson Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Pelton Water Wheel (within shouting distance of this marker); Five Stamp Mill (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Nevada City.
 
Also see . . .
1. Giant Gold Machines - Hydraulic Mining. “An ancient northern California river once laid down an immense bed of gold-bearing gravel. There had to be an easy way of getting down to the ancient streambeds now buried in the mountains. There was: hydraulic mining.” (Submitted on February 18, 2011.) 

2. Hydraulic Mining and Controversy 1851-1893. From 1879 to 1884, a series of legal battles raged within various California courts. Various injunctions against individual mining firms were issued, revoked, and frequently ignored. (Submitted on February 18, 2011.) 
 
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The Monitor image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 13, 2011
3. The Monitor
Calanan Park image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, February 13, 2011
4. Calanan Park
Granted to the City of Nevada City
by the United States through the
Department of the Interior
1971
Hydraulic Mining Near French Corral, Nevada County image. Click for full size.
By Lawrence & Houseworth,, 1866
5. Hydraulic Mining Near French Corral, Nevada County
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
Hydraulic Mining - Behind the Pipes in the Kennebec Claim, Birchville, Nevada County image. Click for full size.
By Lawrence & Houseworth,, 1866
6. Hydraulic Mining - Behind the Pipes in the Kennebec Claim, Birchville, Nevada County
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 389 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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