Museum Renovation Update

The renovation of the Kentucky Mine Museum is well underway. Phase I of the project, the painting of the museum interior, is now complete due to the efforts of an amazing team of volunteers. Special thanks go to Judy Lawrence and Bill Copren for purchasing the paint and to Don Yegge, Keith Jewett, Suzi Schoensee, Cindy Ellsmore, Judy Lawrence, Donna Sharp, and Mary and Rich Nourse for wielding paintbrushes. The exhibits really shine against the background of “Museum White”!


Since Sierra County owns the building, we’re counting on its help with some costs but we need your help to fund our share and provide volunteer time. Please make a special Museum Renovation Donation:

Finishing touches on the interior, painting of the bathrooms, and routine park maintenance will be done on our annual pre-season workday, Saturday, May 17 at 9:00 a.m. Please join us and lend a hand.

Sierra City 150 Update

Plans for Sierra City’s 150th birthday celebration are taking shape. Save the weekend of June 21-22 for a trip back in time. The highlight will be the melodrama Never Trust a Sierra City Slicker at the Kentucky Mine Amphitheatre. There will also be walking tours, living history activities, a historic photo exhibit, wagon rides, and a picnic in the park. You will have the opportunity to pose for a vintage portrait, to be part of a photograph of all the current residents, and even to be thrown into the hoosegow.


The next planning meeting will be Tuesday, May 6 at 6:00 pm at the Sierra City Community Hall. If you would like to be involved but can’t make the meeting, email your input to infoatsierracountyhistorydotorg or call Mary Nourse at 530-862-1123.

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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