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ForestCity-BaldMountain

Forest City
GPS *** N39' 29.390 W120' 51.203 *** elev. 4470'
   
 
 
BALD MOUNTAIN MINE
 
FOREST  CITY'S  EARLY  PLACER  GOLD  CLAIMS  WERE  WORKED  OUT
BY  1865  LEAVING  THE  TOWN  "BUSTED."  IN  1870  A  COMPANY  OF
LOCAL  MINERS  AND  BUSINESSMEN  LOCATED  A  LOST  SECTION  OF
"THE  GREAT  BLUE  LEAD,"  A  60  MILLION  YEAR  OLD  NORTH - SOUTH
RUNNING  GRAVEL  CHANNEL  BENEATH  BALD  MOUNTAIN.  EVENTUALLY
30  MILES  OF  "DRIFTS"  OR  HORIZONTAL  TUNNELS  WERE  RUN
TO  REMOVE  THE  GRAVEL  WITH  THE  HELP  OF  THE  FIRST  UNDER-
GROUND  STEAM  LOCOMOTIVE  ON  THE  PACIFIC  COAST.  SLUICES
FOR  WASHING  OUT  THE  GOLD  STRECHED  OVER  A  MILE  DOWN-
STREAM,  TEN  YEARS  AS  THE  STATE'S  LARGEST  DRIFT  MINE  EM-
PLOYING  UP  TO  250  MEN  FUELED  THE  TOWN'S  SECOND BOOM.  BY
1887  THE  MINE'S  PRODUCTION  TOTALED  150,000  OUNCES  OF  GOLD.
 
CREDO  QUIA  ABSURDUM
DEDICATED  ON  MAY  17, 1997
BY  THE  MAJOR  WILLIAM  DOWNIE  CHAPTER  #1849    E  CLAMPUS  VITUS