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Near Alleghany in Sierra County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Bald Mountain Mine

 
 
Bald Mountain Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Major Wm Downie #1849, ECV, circa n/a
1. Bald Mountain Mine Marker
Inscription. Forest City’s early placer gold claims were worked out by 1865 leaving the town “busted.” In 1870 a company of local miners and businessmen located a lost section of “The Great Blue Lead,” a 60 million year old north – south running gravel channel beneath Bald Mountain. Eventually 30 miles of “drifts” or horizontal tunnels were run to remove the gravel with the help of the first underground steam locomotive on the Pacific Coast. Sluices for washing out the gold stretched over a mile downstream. Ten years as the state’s largest drift mine employing up to 250 men fueled the town’s second boom. By 1887 the mine’s production totaled 150,000 ounces of gold.
 
Erected 1997 by E Clampus Vitus, Major William Downie Chapter No. 1849.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 29.387′ N, 120° 51.199′ W. Marker was near Alleghany, California, in Sierra County. Marker could be reached from the intersection of Main Street and School Street (unsigned), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker was in this post office area: Alleghany CA 95910, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Bald Mountain Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Major Wm Downie #1849, ECV, circa n/a
2. Bald Mountain Mine Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Forest City (a few steps from this marker); Forest City Dance Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Forest City Brewery (within shouting distance of this marker); Stamp Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Rite Here (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bovee Building (approx. 1.4 miles away); Alleghany (approx. 1.5 miles away); Henness Pass Road (approx. 1.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Alleghany.
 
More about this marker. This marker was located inside the safe at the Forest City Park. It is now missing.
 
Categories. Natural Resources
 
Bald Mountain Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2013
3. Bald Mountain Mine Marker
The Bald Mountain Mine marker is now missing.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 305 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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