Sucker Flat Historical

Sucker Flat Historical (HM1WLA)

Location: Smartsville, CA 95977 Yuba County
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N 39° 12.707', W 121° 17.974'

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This now quiet valley was once the site of the Gold-Rush Era town of Sucker Flat - and of the Blue Point and Blue Gravel Mines. These were two of the richest hydraulic mines in California. Which along with a number of other claims work the gold-bearing placers laid under these hills by the Pliocene Yuba River. The water for the hydraulicking came over 20 miles from Nevada City in the Excelsior Ditch, and Grass Valley in the Tarr Ditch. The slurry was carried out in the present-day Yuba River in long sluice tunnels carved at great expense through hard basaltic rock. By 1877 a reported $13 million in gold had been mined, but the vasts amounts of rock and gravel washed into the river caused tremendous destruction downstream. In 1884 the Sawyer Decision, supported by the valley farmers, stopped the thriving industry in its tracks.
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Year Placed2012
Placed ByWilliam 'Bull' Meek-William Morris Stewart E Clampus Vitus Chapter #10 Nevada City, Alta California
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Date Added Monday, January 23rd, 2017 at 1:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 646807 N 4341656
Decimal Degrees39.21178333, -121.29956667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 12.707', W 121° 17.974'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 12' 42.42" N, 121° 17' 58.44" W
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Area Code(s)530
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8400 Natoma Way, Smartsville CA 95977, US
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