The Nevada County Historical Society Speaker Night presentation Thursday evening will feature archaeologist, Mark Selverston who will be sharing his recent findings at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.
Selverston who is affiliated with the Sonoma State University Anthropological Studies Center has been leading the effort to identify historical resources in the area. He also discovered that the name of the town Malakoff comes from the French miners who came to California who wanted to commemorate a French victory in the Crimean War…
The Malakoff Mine was the largest hydraulic gold mining operation of it’s day. Powerful water monitors blasted so much soil and rock away from the mountainsides between 1866 and 1884 that it caused severe flooding and damage in the valley below. Selverston will have a power point presentation with historical pictures and photos of their current finds during the event at 7 PM at the Madelyn Helling Library community Room. The event is free and open to the public.