Malakoff Diggins Will Stay Open For Another Year

Russ Steele

I just could not bring by self to put “scoop” in the title like our local lefty blogger.  Ellen and I took our grandkids to the  Malakoff Diggins today before they closed the Park. We wanted them to experience some gold country history before they closed the park for good.  We did not know that the Park was in close down mode, and the buildings closed. No tours.  However, we had a great time with a picnic lunch at one of the tables,  followed by a walk through the town and the hydraulic diggins.

In a discussion with one of the park Rangers, we learned that the Park Staff had just received permission to hold the historic Humbug Days Celebration on the 9th of June. The whole park and all the buildings will be open.  And, though the agreements are not final, it appears the Park will remain open for another year. It appears the cost of archiving the artifacts will cost more than keeping the park open.  Enjoy the Park while you can. It is a great place for an afternoon picnic.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

3 Responses to Malakoff Diggins Will Stay Open For Another Year

  1. Arthur M. Day. says:

    Does that mean that North Bloomfield is now part of the Malakoff Diggins State Park? I lived in the bunk house of the Blue Lead mine up Humbug Creek from N. Bloomfield, 1946>1950. Our road started across the Graniteville road from the entrance to Shoot hill campground. Well, I lived there with my folks during school vacations and holidays and boarded in Nevada City during school term, mostly out at Echo Ranch. N. Bloomfield was just a storeless town back then, the Diggins was just an abandoned hydraulic mine. Our first summer there, they dismantled the hotel, square nails all over the place.
    Art Day, NCHS, Class of ’50.

  2. Russ says:

    The town of North Bloomfield is in the Park. I think the closest store is Mother Truckers. There are pople living in the town and they cannot wall of the town should the State Park Close. However, the Campground will be closed and the historic houses will be boarded up and all the artifacts will be stored.

  3. Martin Light says:

    We’ve driven Pleasant Valley Road between Wildwood and NSJ past the Bridgeport covered bridge and saw crews and equipment busy resurfacing and enlarging the parking lot at the trail head entrance. Appears that the Bridgeport section of the South Yuba State Park is also staying open with all the money the state is spending on expanding the parking area.

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