Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Gold Dredge

Gold Dredge
also known as the Tuolumne
Gold Dredging Company Dredge
National Register of Historic Places #1971000208

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This historic place is two miles south of La Grange on County Highway J59 in the county of Stanislaus, California. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 37° 38.205 W 120° 28.450.

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Behind this monument rests the historic Tuolumne Gold Dredge which started operations at Patricksville, just east of this location on June 15, 1938. A Walter Johnson No. 52 Model, it floated on a self-created pond of water. It was larger than a football field, weighed over 2,500 tons and $543,148 to construct. The dredge used electricity to drive 120 4000 lb. buckets 70 ft. deep to recover gold. It ceased operation in July 1951. The total amount of gold recovered is unknown.

dedicated April 20, 1996
Don Lucas
Noble Grand Humburg
Estanislao Chapter No. 58
E Clampus Vitus


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