Sumpter Valley Gold Dredge

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10/29/20 - The museum was closed for the season and thus the parking lot was inaccessible. However I was able to park on a frontage road paralleling the railroad tracks and walk across the tracks. While I did not get to view the interior of the dredge, it was nevertheless impressive to see from the outside.

There are two other former gold mining dredges near Sumpter besides this one! The others were scrapped to build the Sumpter Valley Dredge, and the hulls were left to decay in the elements. I spent a day hiking in the area following historical maps to find traces of old gold mining operations.


I wrote about the day and posted photos on my site if anyone’s curious to see more!