North Star Mining Museum & Pelton Wheel Exhibit – Grass Valley

After living here in Grass Valley for 6 years, I finally made it to the North Star Mining Museum and boy what a hidden jewel this is! Not only do they have a 30ft Pelton wheel, they also have the second largest collection of water wheels in the U.S.. It is run strictly by volunteers who give tours, rebuild and restore artifacts and vintage mining equipment and it is funded only by donation. If you are ever in the Grass Valley area and are looking for something to do or you are just looking for a good road trip reason, I highly recommend visiting the Museum of the second richest gold mine in the California Gold Rush, the North Star Mining Museum.

^ Outside the Museum

^ Inside

^ Up close is the 30ft Pelton Wheel

^ These water-wheels were donated by the family of Robert A Kraft MD. He collected and restored 87 examples of late 18th century water-wheels. This very generous donation resulted in the museum having the second largest collection of water-wheels in the USA

^ and they call me a “blow-hard” 😉

^ Completely restored and working dynamite packer. As Elmer Fudd used to say, ” Be wary, wary careful”

^ There is even a picnic area across Wolf Creek

All photos courtesy of Gold Country Photography

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