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Placerville in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Gold Bug, A Neighborhood Mine

 
 
Gold Bug, A Neighborhood Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2013
1. Gold Bug, A Neighborhood Mine Marker
Inscription. The Gold Bug is like the thousands of small mines that once dotted the Sierra foothills. Surprisingly enough, most of the digging in this mine occurred in the 1920s and 30s, and not during the Gold Rush. Mines like this were worked by small partnerships of men with little money, equipment, or formal knowledge of geology or mining. Using picks, shovels, and blasting powder, the miners took what could be easily removed from the enriched quartz veins.

Like other neighborhood mines, work on the Gold Bug was spotty at best. Owners often had other jobs, and so they worked the mines just enough to maintain their claims. Even then, claim ownership and names changed almost as frequently as the seasons. The Gold Bug claim had many owners over its lifespan, and was once named “Hattie,” after the daughter of one of its original owners. William Craddock. The name Gold Bug was used from 1924 until 1942, when the mine was permanently closed do to the war.
 
Erected by Hangtown's Gold Bug Park - Town of Placerville.
 
Location. 38° 44.572′ N, 120° 47.982′ W. Marker is in Placerville, California, in El Dorado County. Marker can be reached from Gold Bug Lane east of Bedford Avenue. Touch for map. The
Gold Bug, A Neighborhood Mine Marker and Entrance to the Mine image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2013
2. Gold Bug, A Neighborhood Mine Marker and Entrance to the Mine
marker is located at the entrance to the mine. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2500 Gold Bug Lane, Placerville CA 95667, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hangtowns Gold Bug Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stamp Mill (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Placerville (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bee-Bennett House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Joseph M. Staples (approx. 0.9 miles away); County of El Dorado Courthouse Restoration (approx. 0.9 miles away); Thomas Maul (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Placerville (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Placerville.
 
Categories. Natural Resources
 
The Gold Bug image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2013
3. The Gold Bug
Mineral Deposits from the Continuous Dripping Water image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2013
4. Mineral Deposits from the Continuous Dripping Water
Blasting Hole image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2013
5. Blasting Hole
These holes were drilled by miners. Blasting powder and a fuse were placed in these holes and the next section of the tunnel was opened up. The blasted debris was then cleared out and the rocks sent to the stamp mill.
The Ore Car image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2013
6. The Ore Car
Ore cars were used to transport ore or dirt out of the mine. In small mines like this one, the cars were hand-pushed over narrow gauge scrap iron rails laid on wooded ties. This type of rail system was used throughout this region from the late 1800's. These rails went directly out of the mine and veered off to the right side of the entrance, where the ore was dumped down the hill towards the creek.
An Ore Car image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2013
7. An Ore Car
Narrow Gauge Rail Tracks image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2013
8. Narrow Gauge Rail Tracks
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2013, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 433 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 31, 2013, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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