Hydraulic Mining, Nevada City, California

Hydraulic Mining in Nevada City, California

Nevada City was one of several cities were gold miners had flocked to during the gold rush of the mid 1800s. Hydraulic mining began decades after the gold rush, which allowed for gold to be found in riverbeds and other areas that were more difficult to dig through.

At the entrance of Nevada City, what initially appeared to be a cannon, from a distance, was actually a piece of a hydraulic pipeline.