California State Parks has announced that Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park will reopen today.
Daily operation of the facility ceased in November 2011 due to budget cutbacks. But new state money will allow the park to be open to the public Friday through Sunday this summer. A pending agreement with the Malakoff Diggins Park Association, the Olmsted Park Fund, South Yuba River Citizens League and other groups should insure ongoing operation.
Located 34 miles northeast of Grass Valley, Malakoff Diggins is historically important for being the site of the world's largest hydraulic mine that dates back to 1852. A mining camp, Humbug City grew up nearby and developed into the bustling little town of North Bloomfield. Despite legal challenges by those concerned with debris washing into rivers, hydraulic mining continued at Malakoff until 1910.
Today visitors can see the historic buildings and mining equipment in North Bloomfield. There's also a museum and gift shop where you can catch talks and tours on the weekends.
PHOTO CREDIT: A water cannon once used to blast away hillsides in search of gold is on display alongside the historic buildings of North Bloomfield in Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. 1998 Sacramento Bee photograph by Dick Schmidt