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Smartsville in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Sucker Flat

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1. Sucker Flat Marker
Inscription.  This now quiet valley was once the site of the Gold-Rush Era town of Sucker Flat - and of the Blue Point and Blue Gravel Mines. These were two of the richest hydraulic mines in California. Which along with a number of other claims work the gold-bearing placers laid under these hills by the Pliocene Yuba River. The water for the hydraulicking came over 20 miles from Nevada City in the Excelsior Ditch, and Grass Valley in the Tarr Ditch. The slurry was carried out in the present-day Yuba River in long sluice tunnels carved at great expense through hard basaltic rock. By 1877 a reported $13 million in gold had been mined, but the vasts amounts of rock and gravel washed into the river caused tremendous destruction downstream. In 1884 the Sawyer Decision, supported by the valley farmers, stopped the thriving industry in its tracks.
Erected 2012 by William 'Bull' Meek-William Morris Stewart E Clampus Vitus Chapter #10 Nevada City, Alta California.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition,
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Location. 39° 12.707′ N, 121° 17.974′ W. Marker is in Smartsville, California, in Nevada County. Marker is on Natoma Way east of Diggings Way, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8400 Natoma Way, Smartsville CA 95977, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Church of the Immaculate Conception (approx. 0.3 miles away); Smartville / Smartsville (approx. 0.3 miles away); Smartsville Grocery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Edward James McGanney (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mooney Flat Hotel (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Yuba River Bridge at Parks Bar (approx. 1.9 miles away); Anthony House and Ranch (approx. 4.7 miles away); Jacob Van Blaren (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smartsville.
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2. Sucker Flat Marker
Sucker Flat image. Click for full size.
3. Sucker Flat
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2017. It was originally submitted on January 23, 2017, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 756 times since then and 193 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 23, 2017, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 11, 2023