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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Natural Resources. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
Location. 39° 14.524′ N, 121° 24.554′ W. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5589 Marysville Road, Browns Valley CA 95918, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); Sucker Flat (approx. 6.2 miles away); Church of the Immaculate Conception (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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 (Submitted on April 8, 2012.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 8, 2012, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 634 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 8, 2012, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.