California Historical Landmarks in Trinity County

California Historical Landmark 778
La Grange Mine
State Route 299
Began Operation 1862

California Historical Landmark #778: La Grange Mine

California Historical Landmark #778: La Grange Mine

California Historical Landmark #778: La Grange Mine
A Water Cannon or Giant Monitor

A monitor from the La Grange Mine is displayed at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
near Nevada City, California.

All Photos 15 July 2007
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The La Grange Mine

This mine, originally known as the Oregon Mountain Group of Claims, first operated about 1862. In 1892 the mine was purchased by the La Grange Hydraulic Gold Mining Company, which brought water from Stuart's Fork through 29 miles of ditch, tunnels, and flume to deliver it to the mine pit under a 650 foot head. Over 100,000,000 yards of gravel were moved and $3,500,000 in gold produced. Large-scale operations ceased in 1918.

California Registered Historical Landmark No. 778

Plaque placed by the California State Park Commission in cooperation with the Mt. Bally Parlor No. 87, Native Sons of the Golden West; Trinity County Historical Society; and Trinitarianus Chapter, E Clampus Vitus, June 9, 1963.

La Grange Mine c1870
Painting on Canvas of La Grange Mine c1870
"A Republican Congressman's Wet Dream"
Image Courtesy Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley
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Hydraulic Mining in 1939
Hydraulic Mining in 1939
Photo Courtesy UC Davis
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Trinity County Flume in 1938
Trinity County Flume in 1938
Photo Courtesy UC Davis
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The miner's realm is necessarily dead, divisable, and detached, a treasure trove for taking and leaving. To regard it otherwise would make the wounds inflicted on the earth unenduarbly painful.

Imperial San Francisco, Gray Brechin, University of California Press, 1999, page 17.

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