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“Well worth a visit”

North Star Powerhouse Mining Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Sparks, Nevada
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

We walked here from the fairgrounds where we were camping at the Draft Horse Classic. I expected a small museum, but we were surprised by the size of the fascinating collection of artifacts both indoor and outdoor, helpful hosts, and a nice picnic area too. I'm interested in old photos, and they have a lot of them showing the area's history. Very worthwhile stop.

Visited September 2012
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Grass Valley, California
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198 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2012

Love this spot. The museum is small but very authentic - and i love the creek running alongside with a great spot for a picnic lunch and the kids to run out some pent up energy!

Visited September 2011
Thank Jennifer G
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Grass Valley, California
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“I guess I'm not into mining”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

I only went once and was not all that impressed. I suppose if you are into mining artifacts then it would be blissful, but for me not so much.

Thank MGregory_12
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Litchfield Park, Arizona
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25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A true mining gem and treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2012

We are mining enthusiasts as my husband actually restores old historical mining equipment. The museum is free but accepts donations and everyone should give accordingly. There are three stamp mills on the property. They have one inside that they partially run in demonstrations. They do not release all the stamps or run it with flowing water. They have another ten stamper out in the back overflow area which is a static display. The stamp mill that intrigues me the most is the one out front that has ten stamps all in a circle and was brought to the mines for demonstrations. It does not work, but it is a big favorite of mine.

They have a cornish pump, model dredge and pelton wheel, minus the water it uses that all work. There must be about 1 1/2 dozen different types of pelton wheels on the property or in the museum itself. They have a huge bellows one can pump and feel and see the air it produces. In addition, they have a working dynamite stuffing machine that can stuff the dynamite sticks. They don't actually stuff the dynamite there, but you can see the machine work.

For a small town the museum is a definite asset and educational tool for the public on how old machinery functioned. The tour guides are extremely knowledgeable.

Visited June 2012
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Penn Valley, California
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205 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Mining History and Working Exhibits”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2012

I have visited this mining museum several times with my husband, a mining geologist, and friends and relatives. If you are interested in the history of mining in the Mother Lode of California, you will find a good deal to fascinate you here. Outside the museum, there is are several stamp mills (you can feed quarters into one to get it to work) and a Cornish pump as well as a beautiful place to have a picnic lunch on the banks of Wolf Creek. Inside there are hundreds of exhibits as well as knowledgeable docents to answer any questions you might have as you explore all this museum has to offer. No entry fee but donations are appreciated. The first room has lots of old photographs and mineral samples and drilling displays. The other two rooms have various mining equipment on display. There is a huge Pelton wheel as well as a shaker table, a gold dredge and many other displays too numerous to mention. This museum would fascinate youngsters and adults alike as the docent can demonstrate much of the equipment. I see something new every time I visit. Well worth a visit when you are in the Grass Valley area.

Visited August 2011
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