Excursion #3

Looking for some place different for a walk in fresh air while we wait out the pandemic? How about a trip to the intersection of McCourtney Dr. and Allison Ranch Rd., where you’ll find two historical landmarks and a pleasant park and hiking trail!

The North Star Mine Powerhouse is a state historical landmark and contains 3 plaques. Built by A. D. Foote in 1895, it was the first complete water powered compressed air transmission plant of its kind. The building now houses the Mining Museum. The Museum is temporarily closed, but there is a fascinating collection of mining equipment out front.

To the right of the museum is a monument to the Nevada County Traction Company which, from there, ran electric streetcars to Nevada City in the early 20th century. The parking lot is also the trailhead for the Glenn Jones Park and Picnic Area and the Wolf Creek Trail where one can enjoy a creekside and museum side picnic and then hike the scenic Wolf Creek Trail.

Be well and stay safe!

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