Is Amador County On the Way to Economic Recovery?

Russ Steele

The Lincoln Mine Project near Sutter Creek in Amador County is the first underground gold mine in the Mother Lode in more than 50 years. The mine operation has gone through years of dealing with regulations, diamond drilling to confirm the location and quality of the gold and other perp prep work,  and is now on the cusp of full operation.

Today the mine owners, county officials and local business leaders held a ceremony to launch the gold processing plant by laying the corner stone of the foundation.  The mine will create an estimated 110 jobs in Amador County. The County agreement required that the mine owners hire and buy locally, which will create even more economic opportunities in the County.

The Sac Bee has a photo gallery HERE.

Sutter Creek has a historical feeling a lot like Nevada City. Jackson which is just a few miles down the road from Sutter Creek a is lot like Grass Valley, except for the “Big Box Stores” and the car dealerships. If historical Amador County can embrace gold mining, why not in Nevada County?   Oh!


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.

One Response to Is Amador County On the Way to Economic Recovery?

  1. Arthur M. Day. says:

    I wish them the best of luck, and I really hope it’s legit.
    Russ, you made an humourous typo, prep work became perp work. Setting up a fraudulent gold mine to fleece investors requires a lot of perp work .
    Five? or ten? years ago I stumbled on the Union’s? web site and saw an announcement about re-opening the Blue Lead mine. If my understanding is correct that mine names were registered with the state, implying no duplicates, that would be the tunnel mine in Humbug Creek canyon whose bunkhouse we lived in while Dad worked in the Relief Hill hydraulic mine. Given your last question, I am guessing that never happened.
    The Taylor family that was operating the Relief Hill mine had also bought the Blue Lead property. Around 1948 my Dad and the rest of the Relief Hill crew went into the Blue Lead tunnel and pulled out the railroad rails for use at Relief Hill. Dad said the tunnel was two miles long but conditions were so bad that they only went back a mile, and left a mile of rails still there. Rust loaded ground water was flowing out of the mine and polluting Humbug Creek. Sometime after that, ’49 or so, the tunnel mouth collapsed but did not stop the ground water from killing everything in the creek.

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