Browns Valley in Yuba County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Extensive vertical shafts or "winzes" are honey-combed throughout the area, some of which are reportedly as deep as 1700 ft. These shafts were used to access the gold bearing quartz.
Known as a hard rock mine, the "pay dirt" was brought to a stamp mill, where the ore was crushed and an amalgamation process was used to separate the gold from the rock using mercury. It is said this mine produced millions of dollars in gold ore in its lifetime.
Last mined in the 1950's the shafts are now flooded by water from the Yuba River.
Erected 2011 by Wm. Bull Meek – Wm. Morris Stewart, Chapter No. 10, E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 39° 14.524′ N, 121° 24.554′ W. Marker is in Browns Valley, California, in Yuba County. Marker is on Marysville Road one mile north of Browns Valley Road (California Highway 20), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is accessible from the road, however the mine ruins are located on private property and not accessible
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Browns Valley: 1850 – 1860 (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brown's Valley: Beginnings (about 700 feet away); Hammon Grove (approx. one mile away); The Yuba River Bridge at Parks Bar (approx. 4.4 miles away); Loma Rica Grange Hall #802 (approx. 4.9 miles away); Timbuctoo (approx. 5.2 miles away); Church of the Immaculate Conception (approx. 6.4 miles away); Smartville / Smartsville (approx. 6.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Browns Valley.
Also see . . . Marysville to Brown's Valley Area. In his article published in the E Clampus Vitus, Chapter 10 newsletter The Hewgag Monitor in May, 2000, Tom Barry writes
Brown’s Valley, about 12 miles from Marysville, was begun by a settler named Brown, who accidentally discovered quartz gold near his temporary camp. He was said to have taken $12,000 out, and was satisfied to retire on that amount. Other mines in the Brown’s valley area included the Jefferson Mine, the Flag Mine, the Donnebrouge Mine and the Pennsylvania Mine. (Submitted on April 8, 2012.)
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