Friday, June 14, 2013

California Historical Landmark #843

North Star Mine Powerhouse
California State Historical Landmark #843

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This plaque is located at the Mining and Pelton Wheel Museum, South Mill at Allison Ranch Road, Grass Valley, California. There are 20 other California State Historical Landmarks in Nevada County. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 39° 12.501 W 121° 04.190.

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The North Star Powerhouse, built by A. D. Foote in 1895, was the first complete plant of its kind. Compressed air, generated by Pelton water wheels, furnished power for the entire mine operation. The 30-foot Pelton wheel was the largest in the world, and was in continuous use for over 30 years.

California Historical Landmark #843

California Historical Landmark #843

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