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After the Fire...

10 Web Hydraulic Plant 1901.jpg

This was the headquaters for a Hydraulic operation and was situated on the Tulameen River just upstream of the mouth of Granite Creek near Frenchy's cabin.  Photo ca. 1901 from the B.C. Archives.

11 Web Placer Operations 1909.jpg

This photo shows a placer mining operation at Granite Creek in 1909.  The wooden flume diverted water from a dam upstream away from the mining operation, and was also used to wash the gravel through a sluice box to separate out the gold.  Photo courtesy Princeton Museum

12 Web Hitting Bedrock.jpg

This placer claim photo from Granite Creek shows the prospectors hitting bedrock.  You can see the water pouring from the flume and washing the gravel through the sluice box in the foreground.  Photo courtesy Princeton Museum.

13 Web Golden Gate Placer Mine 1913.jpg

This photo ca. 1913 shows the Golden Gate Placer Mine at Granite Creek.  The miners in the photo are Ralph Mason and Walter Dorn.  Photo courtesy Princeton Museum.

14 Web Golden Gate Placer Mine ca1913.jpg

Another photo of the Golden Gate Placer Mine ca. 1913.  Photo courtesy Princeton Museum.

15 Web 3rd Bridge ca1915.jpg

By 1915 a third, and final, bridge was constructed across the Tulameen to Granite Creek.  This very elaborate bridge was raised high off the ground to give clearance for trains as they passed underneath.  Today, the bridge is gone and only a concrete bridge abutment on the south side of the Tulameen River remains.  Photo courtesy Princeton Museum.

16 Web Rogers Cabin 1925.jpg

In 1925 the Rogers family lived in this cabin in the Granite Creek area.  Photo from B.C. Archives

18 Web Dredge 1930.jpg

Dredging was a way to get at Gold in pockets too deep to mine by hand.  Dredging occurred at Granite Creek in the early 1900's and again as here in the 1930s.  Photo from B.C. Archives.

17 Web Dredge ca1930.jpg

Convinced more gold was to be found, a major dredging operation was undertaken again at Granite Creek in 1930.  The dredge was powered by steam, produced by burning coal from the mine at Blakeburn.  Photo courtesy Princeton Museum.