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We loved visiting the Northstar Mine Powerhouse in Grass Valley. The docent was very knowledgeable and gave you a little history. He was an engineer and could explain all the machines and they all worked! It was a delightful experience and made me appreciate the Grass Valley area.
If you're in either Grass Valley or Nevada City, it is worth making the pilgrimage to this museum. Situated on the site of an old mine power house it features the largest Pelton wheel ever made, 30' in diameter and capable of producing 1,000 Hp from running water. It houses a very large collection of Pelton wheels, mostly owned by... 更多
Displays of operating mining equipment. Large number of Pelton wheels on display. One is 30' in dia. Donations support the museum. Docent tours available.
Make a day of the mines! See Empire and then come to north star! You will learn a lot, they have a donation box. Other than that no fee. Tour operator was very knowledgeable and fun!
We recently visited the Northstar Mine Powerhouse and Pelton Wheel Museum. For some reason, after many trips to Grass Valley and Nevada City over the years we had never made it to this particular museum. This place is super with several working machines that were used in the gold rush era including a fully operational 30’ Pelton Wheel. The wheel... 更多
Our guide did an outstanding job of explaining and demonstrating how each of the machines were used during the gold mining era. He advised that his great grandfather and grandfather worked in the mines The Pelton wheel was fascinating. Learning about the history of the area and how the miners worked and lived in the nearby towns of Grass Valley... 更多
A 30 foot Pellton Wheel is located here . What is outstanding about this museum is that all the machines work here granted not at full speed or in complete working order. But it is well worth the visit because you get a better idea of the life and times of a miner in a gold mine. Our guide was... 更多
This is a small museum with a huge wealth of mining artifacts. But the best part was the tour by the head curator, a fascinating retired physicist who answered my questions for about an hour until it was time to close. I went there to photograph the mining equipment and ended up learning a ton.