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Plumas Eureka State Park
PLUMAS EUREKA STATE PARK
PLUMAS EUREKA STATE PARK
310 Johnsville Road
Blairsden, California   96103

Phone: 530-836-2380
Reservations: 530-836-2380
Plumas Eureka State Park

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Plumas-Eureka State Park was established in 1959, and provides visitors with a glimpse into a fascinating period of California history, as well as opportunities for quiet recreation in a beautiful high Sierra mountain setting.

The focal point of the park is the museum building and historic area surrounding it. Originally constructed as the miner's bunkhouse, the museum now serves as a visitor center. Inside, displays depict the natural and cultural history of the park. Outside and across the street from the museum is the historic mining area, where the Mohawk Stamp Mill, Bushman five-stamp mill, stable, mine office, Moriarity House (historic miner's residence) and the blacksmith shop depict life in gold rush-era California.

During the summer, tours of the buildings and blacksmithing demonstrations are conducted by docents and park staff. Visitors can also enjoy fishing, nature study and hiking within the park.
History of the Area
Gold Discovery:

The event that resulted in a community and later became the key reason for establishing the park was the discovery of gold on the east side of Eureka Peak, (then known as Gold Mountain) by a group of 9 miners on May 23, 1851. What started out as an individual discovery eventually led to 62 miles of shafts with several individual operators and companies.

British mining experts perfected the method of removing the rich ore from within the mountain. At one point, three stamp mills were in operation at various locations on the mountainside, but in time, the ore-crushing operation was concentrated at one mill, the Mohawk. Built in 1876 at a cost of approximately $50,000 the Mohawk contained 60 stamps, each weighing from 600 to 950 pounds with a drop of 8 1/2 inches - 80 times per minute. Each stamp could crush 2 1/2 tons of ore (a small dump truckload) every 24 hours.

Ore was brought from shafts higher up on the mountain by the means of two gravity-powered tramways. Returning ore buckets sometimes carried miners up the mountain and in the winter, served as possibly the first ski lift in California. When mining in the area ceased for good in the 1940's, over 8 million dollars worth of gold had been removed from Gold Mountain
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Plumas-Eureka and the surrounding area is a hiker's paradise. Campers can hike out of their campsite, and Day User's can park nearby to access a network of trails that navigates through the Lakes Basin Recreation Area, including the Pacific Crest Trail.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 29 Our new favorite by FamilyFun MGP
Lots to do! Hiking is excellent with many very cool destinations, including mountian peaks, and lakes. Fishing, exploring old mining areas, even high altitude scuba diving. Visit Graeagle for supplies and swimming.


Area Campgrounds

Eagle Ridge RV Park at Graeagle
1910 Johnsville Road
Blairsden, CA
530-836-1559


Little Bear RV Park
102 Little Bear Road
Blairsden, CA
530-836-2774


Clio's Rivers Edge RV Park
3754 Highway 89
Clio, CA
530-836-2375


Golden Coach RV Park
59704 State Highway 70
Cromberg, CA
530-836-2426


Feather River RV & MH Park
71326 Highway 70
Graeagle, CA
530-836-2183


Movin' West RV Park
305 Johnsville Road
Graeagle, CA
530-836-2614


Sierra Springs Trailer Resort
70099 Highway 70
Portola, CA
530-836-2747


Sierra Skies RV Park
100 Carrier Circle @ Highway 4
Sierra City, CA
530-862-1166


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The park is five miles west of Blairsden on County Road A-14.

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