Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, Nevada City

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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.HistoryThe Malakoff mine pit on the San Juan Ridge is the impetus for 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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  • There may not be much here but it is the most beautiful area you will have the pleasure of walking g through. Gorgeous scenery and great for pictures. Beautiful anytime of year.  more »
  • This time of year it is cold and dusted with snow, but in the spring or summer this is a family great-time getaway. Imagine a couple of hours exploring one of our most exciting times in history, the 4...  more »
  • We visited this park in December and it was empty. The museum and visitor center were closed. It was still very fun and interesting though. Upon reaching the park, there are remnants of an old mining ...  more »