150 feet west of the
cabin to see stone remains.
Take care to protect the natural features of this
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
short walk from the
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.
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