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1. What famous piece of mining equipment was tested on Deer Creek?

2. Where did the original Miners Foundry stand?

3. What was the area in Pioneer Park that Little Deer Creek runs through today once known as?

4. Nevada City is said to be built on seven hills like Rome. What are their names?

5. What were the two hills in Grass Valley where quartz mines were first located?


1. The Pelton Wheel designed by Lester Allan Pelton, a skilled craftsman who worked at Miners Foundry.

2. Behind the National Hotel. After the 1856 fire, it was relocated at the present Foundry location.

3. Pound Diggins because even a poor miner was said to be able to dig out a pound of gold a day there in 1849.

4. Piety Hill, Boulder Hill, Nabob Hill, Oregon Hill, Buckeye Hill, Prospect Hill, and Aristocracy Hill. In addition, you can add Lost Hill and Bourbon Hill.

A. The first quartz mining was on Gold Hill, the next was Massachusetts Hill. It was said that there was more machinery at work in the Grass Valley district in 1850 than any other area of the county, if not the state.

by Maria Brower

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