After the discovery of gold in California in 1848, miners from around the world, including China, arrived in California to look for gold.
Chinese miners used rockers to placer mine for gold in streams because rockers were easy to build, required one operator, and required very little water. The miner placed sediment through a screen that separated the smaller pieces from the larger. The larger pieces would be tossed aside and the smaller sediment would be screened again for gold pieces.
Unfortunately, most historic structures are gone due to recent recreational activity. Portions of walls and buildings have been damaged to make fire rings, but piles of historic tailings still exist.
Submitted by: Felicia Luna
Associations; Mining; Tailings; Stone Wall