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Near Blairsden-Graeagle in Plumas County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Round Lake Mine

 
 
Round Lake Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 5, 2013
1. Round Lake Mine Marker
Inscription. This gold mine, part of the Johnsonville Mining District, was initially prospected during the Gold Rush but not fully developed until 1914. A stamp mill was built here in 1915 to extract the gold. Only a few feet of ground surface were gold bearing as the quartz vein extended under Round Lake and covered by glacial debris. In 1918, miners built a shaft 300 feet deep. This created a tunnel that followed the gold-bearing solid quartz fissure 100 feet to the east and another 160 feet to the west under Round Lake.

In 1935, the Ready Bullion Company of Sacramento built a second mill at a cost of $100,000. A 400 foot incline shaft was built to reach under the lake. Unfortunately the mill and shaft timbers burned to the ground shortly after they were built and the venture was abandoned. The remains of the mill are what you see here.
 
Erected by Plumas National Forest.
 
Location. 39° 40.06′ N, 120° 54.228′ W. Marker is near Blairsden-Graeagle, California, in Plumas County. Marker can be reached from Gold Lake Highway, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6200 Gold Lake Highway, Blairsden-Graeagle CA 96103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles
Round Lake Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 5, 2013
2. Round Lake Mine Marker
Stamp mill located beyond the marker.
of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Port Wine (approx. 2.5 miles away); La Porte – Quincy Wagon Road (approx. 3.9 miles away); Benjamin W. Barnes (approx. 4.3 miles away); “Quick Silver Charley” (approx. 4.3 miles away); La Porte’s Chinese Community (approx. 4.4 miles away); Reilly’s Saloon (approx. 4.4 miles away); Fuller & Buell (approx. 4.4 miles away); Frank D. Everts (approx. 4.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at Round Lake. To access the marker park at the Round Lake traihead on the west side of Golden Lake Highway and take the trail approximately 1 3/4 miles to Round Lake. The trail is well marked.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Stamp Mill ruins image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 5, 2013
3. Stamp Mill ruins
Stamp Mill ruins image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 5, 2013
4. Stamp Mill ruins
Mining relics image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 5, 2013
5. Mining relics
Round Lake image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 5, 2013
6. Round Lake
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. 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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