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Northstar Mine Powerhouse & Pelton Wheel Museum

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Address: 10933 Allison Ranch Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Phone Number: 530-273-4255
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still working mining equipment on display

Really interesting seeing some of the old mining equipment move on demand. Someone was working who activated the moveable wheels, etc. Price is donations only and we both really... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 4, 2015
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Reno, Nevada
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Reno, Nevada
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16 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Really interesting seeing some of the old mining equipment move on demand. Someone was working who activated the moveable wheels, etc. Price is donations only and we both really enjoyed the museum. Pretty setting beside a creek that beckons for a picnic.

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Grass Valley
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A lot of interactive artifacts from the 1800 hundreds, including a 30 foot Pelton wheel A must see for anyone interested in the history of gold mining in Nevada County

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

There was a wealth of information on gold mining operations in this museum from both the guide and explained in signage. There were unique pieces of equipment and most of them were demonstrated. There is a balancing rock art display in the creek that is truly fascinating. They have the largest Pelton Water Wheel in America.

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Sacramento, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I've driven by before but waessed with the outside thinking there was not much inside. I took a chance and once in the door was greeted by friendly and knowledgeable docents. There was life size dioramas of mining life and cases of tools and artifacts. Toward the end of the museum you take steps down to a huge area with... More 

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Rialto, California
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30 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The museum contains extensive mining artifacts. While I am not a "mining buff", I appreciated the collection. It is different from the Empire Mine so be sure to visit both places.

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Northern California
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I was priviledged to have a private tour by Dick, one of the volunteer docents. First, the building is THE actual building used as the North Star Power House. It is beautiful stone with arch-topped windows. The walls are very thick so even when it is over 100 degrees outside, it is very cool inside. The strength of this museum... More 

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Grass Valley, California
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6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Not good for those who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs. Docents are knowledgeable and eager to share information on the equipment and history of the area. Gives you a real appreciation of the hard work required to extract the gold from the ground using the equipment they had available.

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Grass Vallkey, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Lots of mining equipment and history of gold mining in Grass Valley. On a hill, and long flight of stairs, so not advisable for those who have difficulty with either.

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

They have really nice old relics from the gold mining days. The docent were very eager to assist and share local knowledge. Seeng the Pelton wheel in operation was awesome along with the Cornish pump outside. Bring a few quarters to see the demo. It is worth it!

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

This mining museum contains many exhibits and relics of the gold mining days in Nevada County. The 30ft. diameter Pelton wheel is housed in the main building that was once the power house for the mine. The museum is staffed by knowledgable volunteers.

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Address: Address: 10933 Allison Ranch Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Phone Number: 530-273-4255
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Grass Valley

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