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Northstar Mine Powerhouse & Pelton Wheel Museum

10933 Allison Ranch Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945
530-273-4255
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Ranked #7 of 16 attractions in Grass Valley
Type: Specialty Museums
Most recent review
- Nov 29, 2013
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Grass Valley, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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san francisco
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26 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Largest Pelton wheel in existence. The volunteers and displays can tell you all about it! They have wonderful older enthusiastic volunteers/docents who can turn on the machinery for you and explain it all! In addition, there is more mining memorabilia than I ever thought possible. It is the third mine in the area (Malakoff, Empire Mine are the others), but... More

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This site pulls items from the years North Star House was a working mine. This was its power house. Now it houses photos, Pelton wheels, mining materials, old gear, and other treasures. Bring a picnic (try the goodies from Back Porch Market at 135 Colfax Ave, Grass Valley, CA 95945!) and eat by the creek...the old powerhouse creek.

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Petaluma, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

When touring the Gold Country this is a must see as well as other mine museums in the area. Lots of history, very easy to go through.

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Solana Beach, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

We were fortunate to have docent "Tony" who is a retired engineer spend time with us explaining the history of the equipment and chemical processes and show us displays of stamping/crushing, dynamite packing, drilling, etc. The models are fabulous in helping to visualize the large pieces of equipment on hand. I think if you just walk in and out of... More

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Grass Valley, CA
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57 reviews 57 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

The museum is small and nice. Pack a lunch so you can check out the museum and then enjoy a picnic out back by the creek. There's a nice little park back there that you can drive by and not even know it's there. A nice little "locals only" secret.

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Nevada City, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

This museum is full of mining memorabilia, plus a very large pelton wheel. It is pretty much a guide-yourself place, but the grounds are pretty and the building is nicely restored.

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