8. Arrastres (Gold Ore Grinder)
                 Same Location

Walk 150 feet west of the Belleville cabin to see stone remains.  Take care to protect the natural features of this meadow.

 

     The oldest tool for recovering gold from rock was the arrastre, a wheel introduced by Mexican miners.  The early Arrastres consisted of a low rock wall banked around large, flat and fairly level stones.  In a hole in the center was set an upright post, and on this pivoted a long horizontal beam.  A donkey or mule harnessed to the end of the beam provided the power by walking in an endless circle outside the Arrastres wall.  A chain bolted midway on the beam pulled a heavy drag stone.  The ore was crushed between the stones.  The slow, tedious process of grinding a single pile of ore took about four hours.  Over 100 gold-grinding quartz Arrastres once dotted Holcomb Valley .




 

 

 


A short walk from the Belleville cabin on a nice pathway.  This is one of the better preserved artifacts from the Gold Rush of Holcomb Valley.  This shot shows the marker/sign for this stop.

Another view of the Arrastres.  We saw a towhee at this spot.

1. Holcomb View Trail - 2. Last Chance Placer
Wilbur's Grave (Not on the tour)
3. Two Gun Bill's Saloon - 4. Jonathan Tibbett's Grasshopper Quartz Mill
5. Hangman's Tree - 6. Original Gold Diggings - 7. Belleville - 8.Arrasters
9. Ross' Grave - 10. Pygmy Cabin Site - 11. Metzger Mine
12. Gold Mountain A.K.A. Lucky Baldwin Mine

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