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Marion steam shovel dredge of the Oroville Gold Dredging Company on the Feather River near Oroville 1901
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  Souvenir Mining Spoon Bowl Gold Dredger Oroville CA.JPG - SOUVENIR MINING SPOON GOLD DREDGER OROVILLE CA - Sterling silver spoon with engraved bowl showing gold dredge and marked GOLD DREDGER OROVILLE CAL, top of handle shows California Poppy (state flower), 5 1/8 in. long, reverse marked Sterling (Oroville, CA is situated at the base of the foothills on the banks of the Feather River where it flows out of the Sierra Nevada onto the flat floor of the Sacramento Valley. It was established as the head of navigation on the Feather River to supply gold miners during the California Gold Rush.  The Feather River is one of the main river systems in California’s Mother Lode region. It is the major tributary to the Sacramento River, and was one of the first areas that gold was discovered during the gold rush in 1849.  Settled in 1849, Oroville originally was known as Ophir City, but the name was changed when the first post office opened in 1854.  Gold was discovered here at a site called Bidwell Bar, one of the earliest mining sites in California, bringing in thousands of miners.  The early miners worked the area by hand using shovels, picks, gold pans, and sluice boxes, and found the entire area to be exceptionally rich with gold dust and nuggets.  Around 1895, W. P. Hammon and others tested the area to determine the feasibility of mining on a large scale. They introduced bucket-line dredging in 1898, the first in California. The field was highly productive from 1903 to 1916; in 1908 there were 35 dredges and 12 dredging companies active in the field.  Output later declined, but dredging was done again from 1936 to 1942 and 1945 to 1952. The dredge field is now an important source of sand and gravel.  Throughout the history of dredging in California the Oroville district has floated more dredges and seen more dredging companies than any other areas in California.  Output from dredging in the Oroville area is estimated to be about 1,964,000 ounces of gold.)  
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Souvenir Mining Spoon Bowl Gold Dredger Oroville CA | SOUVENIR MINING SPOON GOLD DREDGER OROVILLE CA - Sterling silver spoon with engraved bowl showing gold dredge and marked GOLD DREDGER OROVILLE CAL, top of handle shows California Poppy (state flower), 5 1/8 in. long, reverse marked Sterling (Oroville, CA is situated at the base of the foothills on the banks of the Feather River where it flows out of the Sierra Nevada onto the flat floor of the Sacramento Valley. It was established as the head of navigation on the Feather River to supply gold miners during the California Gold Rush. The Feather River is one of the main river systems in California’s Mother Lode region. It is the major tributary to the Sacramento River, and was one of the first areas that gold was discovered during the gold rush in 1849. Settled in 1849, Oroville originally was known as Ophir City, but the name was changed when the first post office opened in 1854. Gold was discovered here at a site called Bidwell Bar, one of the earliest mining sites in California, bringing in thousands of miners. The early miners worked the area by hand using shovels, picks, gold pans, and sluice boxes, and found the entire area to be exceptionally rich with gold dust and nuggets. Around 1895, W. P. Hammon and others tested the area to determine the feasibility of mining on a large scale. They introduced bucket-line dredging in 1898, the first in California. The field was highly productive from 1903 to 1916; in 1908 there were 35 dredges and 12 dredging companies active in the field. Output later declined, but dredging was done again from 1936 to 1942 and 1945 to 1952. The dredge field is now an important source of sand and gravel. Throughout the history of dredging in California the Oroville district has floated more dredges and seen more dredging companies than any other areas in California. Output from dredging in the Oroville area is estimated to be about 1,964,000 ounces of gold.) Download Original Image
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