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Discovery of Gold at Gold Hill

 
 
Discovery of Gold at Gold Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 13, 2011
1. Discovery of Gold at Gold Hill Marker
Inscription.
The tablet commemorates the
discovery of gold-bearing quartz in California

The discovery was made on
Gold Hill
by
George Knight
October 1850

The occurrence of gold-bearing quartz was undoubtedly noted here and elsewhere about the same time or previously, but the above discovery created the great excitement that started the development of quartz mining into a great industry.

The
Gold Hill Mine
from 1850 to 1857 is credited
with a total production of
$4,000,000.00

 
Erected 1929 by Quartz Parlor No. 58, N.S.G.W. and Manzanita Parlor No. 29, N.D.G.W. (Marker Number 297.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 39° 12.756′ N, 121° 4.308′ W. Marker is in Grass Valley, California, in Nevada County. Marker is at the intersection of Jenkins Street and Hocking Street, on the left when traveling north on Jenkins Street. Click for map. Marker is the centerpiece of a small park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 Jenkins Street, Grass Valley CA 95945, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Discovery of Gold at Gold Hill Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 13, 2011
2. Discovery of Gold at Gold Hill Monument
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Empire House (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Patrick’s Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Mount Saint Mary’s Convent and Academy (approx. ¼ mile away); Nevada County Traction Co. (approx. 0.3 miles away); North Star Mine Powerhouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lola Montez 1819 - 1861 (approx. half a mile away); Historic Emmanuel Episcopal Church (approx. half a mile away); Grass Valley Library (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Grass Valley.
 
Regarding Discovery of Gold at Gold Hill. This site has been designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 297.
 
Also see . . .  Gold Hill, Nevada County. A short wikipedia article on the history of Gold Hill and the discovery of quartz gold. (Submitted on November 14, 2011.) 
 
Small Lower Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 13, 2011
3. Small Lower Plaque
This monument dedicated by
Quartz Parlor No. 58 N.S.G.W.
Manzanita Parlor No. 29 N.D.G.W
October 20, 1929
Signage at Street image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 13, 2011
4. Signage at Street
1850
Quartz Discovery

Grass Valley
Gold Quartz
Discovery
Directional Sign image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 13, 2011
5. Directional Sign
This directional sign guiding visitors to the site is located one block north at the corner of Jenkins and Cornwall Streets.
Gold Hill
Marker

Where quartz gold was
first discovered in
California
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Sketch of Entrance to the Gold Hill Mine image. Click for full size.
By Henry B. Brown, Artist, circa 1852
6. Sketch of Entrance to the Gold Hill Mine
Courtesy of UC Berkeley - Bancroft Library
Discovery of Gold at Gold Hill Monument image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 13, 2011
7. Discovery of Gold at Gold Hill Monument
 
 
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