Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, Nevada City

Categories: State Parks, Mines, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 60 reviews on the web
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park is a state park unit preserving the largest hydraulic mining site in California, United States. The mine pit and several Gold Rush-era buildings were listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Malakoff Diggins-North Bloomfield Historic District. The "canyon" is 7000ft long, as much as 3000ft wide, and nearly 600ft deep in places. Visitors can see huge cliffs carved by mighty streams of water, results of the mining technique of washing away entire mountains of gravel to wash out the gold. The park is a 26mi drive north-east of Nevada City, California, in the Gold Rush country. The 3143acre park was established in 1965.HistoryWhile beautiful in its own way, the Malakoff mine pit on the San Juan Ridge is a testimony to the avarice that was part of the California gold rush, and to one of the nation's first environmental protection measures. In 1850 there was little gold left in streams. Miners began to discover gold in old riverbeds and on mountainsides high above the streams. In 1851 three miners headed northeast of what is now Nevada City for a less crowded area to prospect. One miner went back to town with a pocket full of gold nuggets for supplies and was followed back by many prospectors. These followers, however, did not find any gold and declared the area "Humbug", thus the stream was so named "Humbug Creek". Around 1852, settlers began to arrive in the area and the town of "Humbug" sprang up. These miners could not decide how to move the dirt to a place where there was water.
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  • Malakoff is a perfect fall day trip when the area weather has cooled down. The area was settled by miners and was a company town for goldmining until it was deemed a natural/ecological disaster to the...  read more »
  • Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park is a state park unit preserving the largest hydraulic mining site in California. There are many trails to discover in several areas of the park as well as camp sit...  read more »
  • French emigrants in California, we discovered this Park isolated during a weekend in the country gold... What a nice surprise! It is historically very rich (we highly recommend the guided tour of the Park, week-ends, at 13:30), we had one of our most beautiful dives in the West of the conquest and his daily life. In addition, a short hike (diggings loop) of 1:30 allowed us to discover the beautiful landscapes of the old mine (attention, bring plenty of water!). Park little frequented, moreover, held by history enthusiasts. We will return and recommended because it's worth the trip!
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  • I was pleasantly surprised at the rich history of hydraulic mining that destroyed the Sierra foothills in the late 1800's. The park is a fabulous place to spend the day. The rangers & employees are very cordial & share their knowledge readily. Visit the museum, it's really a good one plus enjoy an 18 minute DVD on the history of the area. Enjoy!
  • Beautiful state park with stunning views and a rich history. I definitely recommend heading on some hikes of the area!
  • Loved the cabins!!! What a great deal and history lesson! A true gem!
  • Don't miss Humbug Day! Second Saturday in June. Fun for all.
  • Underrated river beauty.
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