The annual tour to Historical You Bet and Red Dog placer mining sites is taking place tomorrow. Historian and author of the book “You Bet, California Gold Fever”, Jerry Brady, and his family members will be providing the stories of the dynamic characters of the day and the operation of the mines.
Brady’s father worked in the mines and he grew up in You Bet. Stops include a former homestead, town site, historic cemeteries and hydraulic mining diggings and you may see some remnants of the town of You Bet that burned in 1915.
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Brady says his nephew will present a talk of the hydraulic mining and how it was done while the group enjoys lunch in the shade. He says a lot of gold was taken out of the mines, but an exact amount is not known.
The Chinese also mined for gold and it’s said they took out $415,000 dollars in one operation in 1908.
To join the tour this Saturday October 3rd people can meet up at the Nevada City Vets building parking lot at cottage and Pine at 8:30am. to carpool. There will be a second meet up site at 9 o’clock at You Bet Rd., just off Highway 174. People should bring their own water, lunch, and a chair. The tour is free and open to the public and will conclude at around 2:30 pm. For details and a flyer on the event go to www.nevadacountyhistory.org
or call Jerry Brady at (310) 831-3201, or Priscilla Vanderpas at (530) 272-5154.