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  • Harry Marnell
    ... From: Donald Gill Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2001 16:05 Subject: Re: [Calrailfans] Roseville Sub Derailment 7-11-01 Gold Run is a
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 12, 2001
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Donald Gill" <dggill@...>
      Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2001 16:05
      Subject: Re: [Calrailfans] Roseville Sub Derailment 7-11-01


      Gold Run is a very interesting geological area. As stated, it is between
      Colfax and Alta. Gold Run was a hydraulic mining area and the original CP
      right of way ran right across the hydraulic mining area. However, the right
      of
      way was not washed away because the CPRR had its tracks on the grade.
      Hydraulic mining involved using high pressure hoses and nozzles to wash
      placer
      gravel that formed hills and ridges out of the hillsides and into sluices
      where
      the placer gold was removed. It was very destructive, resulting in the
      washing
      away of complete mountainsides and the total ruin to many streams and rivers
      that were filled with silt as a result of the practice. . If you look today
      at
      Gold Run you can see the much elevated right away standing among the scars
      of
      hydraulic mining (eventually outlawed in the 1880s). Yes, the UPRR right of
      way sits on top of some potentially rich placer gold deposits.

      Roger wrote:

      > Just after Colfax, and before Emigrant gap.
      >
      > If you drive on 80, there is a rest stop at Gold Run just after Magra
      Road.
      >
      > "Fletcher, Robert L SPK" wrote:
      >
      > > Where is this "Gold Run" area?
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