Malakoff Diggins: A Fun Step Back in Time
Nevada County, CA - Some of California State Parks don't always attract the attention they deserve.
Thankfully, in the case of Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park we were afforded a great opportunity to have this gem of history mostly to ourselves. With the exception of resident bears, a state worker or two and a few other solitude seekers, peace and quiet is all but guaranteed for a good portion of the year.
Located in the town of North Bloomfield, California (population 8-12), Malakoff Diggins is the site of California's largest "hydraulic" mine which created substantial environmental damage from Sacramento to the San Francisco Bay and resulted in the first Federal Environmental Protection Law in 1884, according to the Malakoff Diggins website.
After grabbing lunch at Pete's Pizza in historic Nevada City, we set out along North Bloomfield Road. Traveling this route is not recommended as it soon turns into miles of a winding and dusty gravel road. We continued undeterred. Cell phone service was unavailable throughout the trip and not a single car passed our way. (Check Google for the less adventurous route)
Upon reaching the "outskirts", visitors are greeted by the old church, school and cemetery. Shuttered some 73 years ago,around the time of World War II, some restoration efforts are underway. Although the school is boarded up, you may still peer inside the church windows and imagine life in the mid to late 1800's. The buildings are beautifully set among towering pines and just across the road you can sample the impact of hydraulic mining with a view of the valley.
A short distance up the road as you enter the town, parking is just ahead on the left in front of the Skidmore House and there is an $8 Day Use Fee. You can pay at the museum.
Leisurely wandering the small community, you can check out the old fire station, mercantile, barber shop, saloon, hotel, blacksmith and more. The preservation and restoration made it easy to imagine a thriving mountain community which numbered well over 1,000 during its prime.
Don't forget to spend some time in the musuem which offers a detailed and fascinating look back in time. The staff are friendly and appeared happy to answer our barrage of questions.
For those seeking a little more adventure, the area offers miles of hiking travels, Blair Lake, Humbug Creek and plenty of terrific picnic spots and scenic locations. Remember, you are in the wilderness and bears can be found wandering the town, so stay alert and prepare accordingly.
Malakoff Diggins offers an excellent day trip from South Placer County at about 70 miles Northeast. The town is compact and sits on a flat road, so walking is easy for just about everyone. There is enough to see and do along the way that makes it a fun trip for both the young and old alike. A great taste of California history and outdoors along a scenic route make it a winning combination in local travel.
RRToday Rating: Highly Recommended
About Placer County Travel & Adventure
Fun and colorful experiences of fun places to visit in Placer County and surrounding areas. Invite our local travel editors today!VIEW LOCAL TRAVEL ARTICLES
Make It Happen!
VIEW MORE TRAVEL ARTICLES
Pet Care | Real Estate | Restaurants | Tech | View All | * Add/Upgrade Business
Placer County News HeadlinesCalifornia Fire Death Toll Hits 41California Fire Updates 2017: In the past week, over 245,000 acres have burned across California. More than 11,000 firefighters continue making progress on 12 large wildfires burning in the State
Volkswagen unveils versatile new GolfRoseville, CA,- The all-new 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. Volkswagen has attempted to build the Alltrack with some enviable features that give it the versatility that appeals to people who enjoy staying active.
Roseville Gas Prices Continue DroppingRoseville, CA, - More good news for Roseville area motorists as gas prices continue to move lower. The cooler weather is moving in and autumn weekday road trips are idyllic
31 Confirmed Dead in California Wildfire DevastationCalifornia Fire Updates 2017: The death toll has risen to 31 across 4 fires as estimates remain that 3,500 homes and other structures have been destroyed
Placer Women's Retreat in Roseville on November 4thRoseville, CA- The Placer Women's Retreat will take place at the Falls Event Center in Roseville on November 4, 2017.
Sacramento Area Council of Governments UpdatesThe Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) is pleased to announce Christina Lokke as its new Policy Manager and the promotion of Erik Johnson to Director
Spookomotive Trains to Treat Old Sacramento VisitorsSACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Back by popular demand, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation will once again offer engaging and entertaining "Spookomotive"
Disney's Beauty and the Beast set for Harris CenterEl Dorado Musical Theatre is proud to present Disney's Beauty and the Beast which will run October 27 - November 5, 2017 at the Harris Center
Sutter Health Employees Make A Difference with Local Food Bank DonationsAUBURN - Sutter Health employees donated more than 3,350 pounds of non-perishable items to seven food banks as part of the hospital's month-long campaign
Placer County Air Quality Advisory Due to WildfiresThe Placer County Public Health Officer and Placer County Air Pollution Control Officer issued a joint air quality advisory to notify the public of the potential of poor air quality conditions
Children's Hope Charity Golf Tournament in RosevilleRoseville, CA - Children's Hope Foster Family Agency will hold it's First Annual Putting for Foster Kids Golf Tournament in Roseville on October 21, 2017 at Woodcreek Golf Club.
Roseville Incentives Hope to Lure Amazon HeadquartersRoseville, CA - Roseville is making a pitch to bring a second Amazon headquarters and its 50,000 jobs here.
NEWS: In Case You Missed It