The historic ore cart that was reported stolen from the North Star Mining Museum has been recovered. The ore cart was taken from the museum which is operated by the Nevada county Historical Society; Club President Daniel Ketchum says the cart was found discarded off a highway.
“I understand that it was recovered up near the Willo off of Highway 20 and the property owner discovered it in a ditch adjacent to their property and it did suffer some damage. It is a wooden cart and the wood structure suffered some damage, but that’s repairable. We have some skilled volunteers and docents at our mining museum that can repair it and we’re just thrilled to get it back because it’s really kind of a rare ore cart.”
Ketchum says the cart was taken sometime last week and it took a lot of effort to steal it away.
“It was behind a locked or chained area of the rear part of the museum and the cart itself was actually welded and chained to a track. So somebody had to go to great effort and use a very large bolt cutter to disengage that chain in order to get it out of there and they had to roll it a great distance before putting it on a vehicle. So it was quite the effort.”
After extensive publicity on the heist it’s believed the thieves must have decided the relic was too hot to handle and dumped it along the road.
The Nevada County Historical Society is very pleased to have it back… and Grass Valley Police are still searching to locate the suspect or suspects.