Lakes in the Sierra Nevada Mtns. of Nevada County

Joseph l.Cox By Joseph l.Cox, 16th Oct 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/i7ccnlre/
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The lakes in the high sierra's were use fro water supply for mining and domestic as well. The water is pure and cold from melted snow, the more it snows the more water we have.Good fishing in those ice cold lakes.

Water from High Mountain Lakes

During the gold rush period of 1848 onward there was a big and growing demand for water. First the population was growing by leaps and bounds, so there was a big demand for domestic water, especially in the cities where not everyone had their own well, so as the cities grew so did the demand for good drinking water.
As the mining industry grew they needed more and more water for washing the gold in the sluice boxes. This brought about the building of flumes and pipe lines to carry the water from the mountain to the various gold fields at the lower elevations.

By bringing the water down in a pipe line they could control the water and pressure so they could use it for hydraulic mining where ever they wanted to, all they had to do was lay some pipe. To make pipe in those days for metal pipe they used a flat sheet of metal and rolled it, then riveted the ends together to form a pipe they would also rivet the ends of two pieces together to make a longer section.

The other thing they used to carry water was a wooden flume, there used to be many miles of it in the mountains to move the water down where it could be used for mining. It was quite simply three boards nailed together to form a trough that would carry the water. The miners were very ingenious when it came to making mining equipment so they could do their job. The flume was much cheaper to use than buying pipe so that’s what they used.

Flumes and Pipe

During the gold rush period of 1848 onward there was a big and growing demand for water. First the population was growing by leaps and bounds, so there was a big demand for domestic water, especially in the cities where not everyone had their own well, so as the cities grew so did the demand for good drinking water.
As the mining industry grew they needed more and more water for washing the gold in the sluice boxes. This brought about the building of flumes and pipe lines to carry the water from the mountain to the various gold fields at the lower elevations.

By bringing the water down in a pipe line they could control the water and pressure so they could use it for hydraulic mining where ever they wanted to, all they had to do was lay some pipe. To make pipe in those days for metal pipe they used a flat sheet of metal and rolled it, then riveted the ends together to form a pipe they would also rivet the ends of two pieces together to make a longer section.

The other thing they used to carry water was a wooden flume, there used to be many miles of it in the mountains to move the water down where it could be used for mining. It was quite simply three boards nailed together to form a trough that would carry the water. The miners were very ingenious when it came to making mining equipment so they could do their job. The flume was much cheaper to use than buying pipe so that’s what they used.

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9000Ft Elevation, Flumes, Hydraulic, Lakes, Pipe, Reliable Water, Wooden

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started writing 2 yr ago, to help afriend with some research. i enjoyed it and decided i would do thi on my own, i still enjoy. i write alot of personal stories and health articles.

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