Virtual Guidebook to Mount Shasta and Klamath-Trinity Mountains
The Trinity River Gold Country
Shasta-Trinity National Forest California


Completing the similarity of the Trinity Alps to the Sierra Nevada is the foothill gold country along the Trinity River. It boomed just after the Mother Lode of the Sierra, but continued much longer, with hydraulic mining continuing to World War II. Enthusiasts still extract small amounts of gold from pockets in the river bed with scuba gear and underwater vacuums.

Weaverville is an historical gem, with a main street dating mostly from the nineteenth century. Several buildings have spiral outdoor staircases leading to second story offices. Weaverville also has California's most impressive early joss house, built by Chinese gold miners and laborers.



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The Trinity River at Big Bar in the heart of the Trinity gold mining area

(July 1, 2009)


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A vacuum dredge with scuba-equipped miner near Big Flat on the Trinity River

(July 1, 2009)


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Monument to the La Grange mine, largest and longest lived of the hydraulic mines, with a hydraulic monitor

(July 1, 2009)


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Spiral staircases to second story businesses in Weaverville

(July 1, 2009)


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Weaverville Joss House, testament to the large Chinese population in the Trinity Mines

(July 1, 2009)


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The social hall adjacent to the Joss Hosuse in Waerverville

(July 1, 2009)


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