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Washington
On the Yuba River, Tahoe National Forest, California

Washington is a tiny but well preserved gold mining town on the South Fork of the Yuba River. There is no main road along the river so the town is reached by a precipitous downgrade from Highway 20 on the ridgetop to the south.

Placer mining was the first stage of gold mining, removing nuggets of gold from the riverbed gravels by panning and sluicing. At Washington Chinese miners were allowed to re-mine the gravels by first moving thousands of boulders from the riverbed. Underground mines, the Alpha and Omega, and hydraulic mining continued to produce gold for decades.

Wikipedia: Washington, California

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Washington Yuba River Overlook

Washington Yuba River Overlook

Looking north from Washington Ridge over the South Yuba River

Tahoe National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 19, 2012
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Town of Washington

Town of Washington

The town of Washington and the historic Washington Hotel

Washington, California

Date photographed: June 19, 2012
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Yuba River at Washington

Yuba River at Washington

The South Yuba River at Washington with river stones relocated by Chinese miners

Washington, California

Date photographed: June 19, 2012
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Alpha Oemga Viewpoint

Alpha Oemga Viewpoint

The Alpha Omega viewpoint on Washington Ridge, towards a distant mine of that name

Tahoe National Forest, California

Date photographed: June 19, 2012
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