California Historic Landmarks

Site of One of the First Discoveries of Quartz Gold in California

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Landmark Number: 297
Location: SW corner of Jenkins Street and Hocking Ave, Grass Valley, Nevada County
Marker Plaque: one or more plaques placed by civic organizations or other groups

Description

From California Historical Landmarks:

This tablet commemorates the discovery of gold-bearing quartz and the beginning of quartz mining in California. The discovery was made on Gold Hill by George Knight in October 1850. The occurrence of gold-bearing quartz was undoubtedly noted here and elsewhere about the same time or even earlier, but this discovery created the great excitement that started the development of quartz mining into a great industry. The Gold Hill Mine is credited with a total production of $4,000,000 between 1850 and 1857.

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