Historical Society’s Annual Picnic

The Sierra County Historical Society‘s annual picnic was held on Sunday, September 14 at the Kentucky Mine in Sierra City. Members and guests lunched under the trees, and after a short business meeting were treated to a talk on Downieville history by board member Bill Copren.

Charles and Beth Smith Family at the dedication of David Smith Memorial Bench

Charles and Beth Smith Family at the dedication of David Smith Memorial Bench

Preceding the event a memorial bench was dedicated in the name of gold miner and historian David Smith who passed away last year. David was the son of Charles and Beth Smith of Sierra City and Grass Valley. Next time you visit the mine, be sure to stop for a rest on the rustic bench located by the trestle.

We’re closed until next season …

but we’ll be back on Memorial Day weekend 2015. Happy trails ’til we meet again!

Kentucky Mine Historic Park and Museum

Sierra County California's Kentucky Mine Historic Park and MuseumWhen the Kentucky Mine stamp mill was up and running at its maximum, you could hear the ten 1,000-pound stamps crushing gold-veined quartz ore for miles around. In fact, the din of the several stamp mills operating near Sierra City during the gold rush days of the 1800s was so uproarious that people had to get inside somewhere in order to carry on a conversation!

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