|Trestle top entrance for ore cars (and now visitors) into Kentucky Mine stamp mill|
The Kentucky Mine Museum and Historic Park opened over the Memorial Day Weekend to kick off its 2018 season. I joined the Sunday morning hour-plus tour to see the inside of the stamp mill. The staircase walk down inside the stamp mill is the highlight, but during the tour one also gets access to the Kentucky Portal and a replica of a miners cabin. I really enjoyed to hear the local mining history as told by the tour guide, who also demonstrated how the displayed tools—mining as well as household tools—were used during the gold-mining days.
|Kentucky Portal and replica of a miners cabin|
|Trommel with miners cabin in background|
Next to the stamp tables, on which gold was separated from the crushed quartz and rocks by amalgamation (alloying), is an exit door. Before leaving the stamp mill, I looked up one more time, to spot some of the Townsend's big-eared bats roosting in corners high above wheels and belts.
Asking final questions, members of the tour group exited the mill. Now, everyone was on his or her own again to check for snakes. Visitors not encountering a snake on the grounds may be interested in seeing the rattlesnake decorating a clampers antique hat on display in the museum.
|Sign on Highway 49 for Kentucky Mine Historic Park|
MuseumThe small, awe-inspiring museum is part of the Bigelow House, a replica of a 19th century hotel.
LocationFind the park & museum at the end of Kentucky Mine Road, a short incline off the Golden Chain Highway (Hwy 49) between Bassetts Station and downtown Sierra City:
100 Kentucky Mine Road
Sierra City, CA 96125
$1 museum admission and $7 tour fee for adults (free for children 6 and under, $3.50 for children ages 7-17).
|Kentucky Mine Stamp Mill with trestle|
References and more to explore Kentucky Mine Historic Park & Museum. National Geographic - Sierra Nevada Geotourism. Link: www.sierranevadageotourism.org/content/kentucky-mine-historic-park-amp-museum/sie9339b2a13f3daefe1.
 Kentucky Mine and Museum. Backcountry Explorers. Link: www.backcountryexplorers.com/kentucky-mine-museum.html.