“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near La Grange in Stanislaus County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Tuolumne Gold Dredge

Tuolumne Gold Dredge Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard Wisehart, April 19, 2008
1. Tuolumne Gold Dredge Marker
Inscription. Behind this monument rests the historic Tuolumne Gold Dredge which started operation at Patricksville, just east of this location, on June 15, 1938. A Walter Johnson No. 52 Model, it floated on a self-created pond of water. It was larger than a football field, weighed over 2500 tons, and cost $543,148 to construct. The dredge used electricity to drive 120 4000 lb. buckets 70 ft. deep to recover gold. It ceased operation in July 1951. The total amount of gold recovered is unknown.
Erected 1998 by Estanislao Chapter No. 58, E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 37° 38.203′ N, 120° 28.283′ W. Marker is near La Grange, California, in Stanislaus County. Marker is on County Route J59 2 miles south of California Highway 132, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Grange CA 95329, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. La Grange Gold Dredge Co. Camp (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Old La Grange Schoolhouse (approx. 1.8 miles away); Historic La Grange (approx. 1.8 miles away);
Tuolumne Gold Dredge Photo, Click for full size
By Richard Wisehart, April 19, 2008
2. Tuolumne Gold Dredge
View is westerly of marker, on the edge of the road, and dredge in the background behind the marker. County Route J59 is in foreground. The town of La Grange is approximately 3 miles to the right (north). The town of Snelling is to the left (south).
Saint Louis Mission (approx. 1.9 miles away); LaFayette Historical Lodge #65 (approx. 1.9 miles away); La Grange Saloon (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Trading Post (approx. 2 miles away); The Old Jail (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in La Grange.
Regarding Tuolumne Gold Dredge. The dredge is listed in the National Register of Historical Places as Structure #71000208. It is located on private property and in the 1980's the owner of the property sold a portion of the dredge to a buyer who moved that portion to Australia.
Categories. EnvironmentIndustry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesNatural ResourcesWaterways & Vessels
Gold Dredge Photo, Click for full size
By Richard Wisehart, April 19, 2008
3. Gold Dredge
Remaining portion of dredge is in background. Piles of dredged cobbles can be seen in foreground.
Tuolumne Gold Dredge Photo, Click for full size
By Quentin Robert Noble, circa 2010
4. Tuolumne Gold Dredge
Tuolumne Gold Dredge Photo, Click for full size
By Quentin Robert Noble, circa 2010
5. Tuolumne Gold Dredge
Tuolumne Gold Dredge Buckets Photo, Click for full size
May 19, 2011
6. Tuolumne Gold Dredge Buckets
These buckets from the Tuolumne Gold Dredge are on display at the La Grange Historic Park in the nearby community of La Grange.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard Wisehart of Sonora, California. This page has been viewed 6,695 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Richard Wisehart of Sonora, California.   4, 5. submitted on , by Quentin Robert Noble of Modesto, California.   6. submitted on . • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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