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North Star Mining Museum

North Star Mining Museum Review

Housed in a former powerhouse, the museum displays the 32-foot-high Pelton Water Wheel, said to be the largest ever built. It was used to power mining operations and was a forerunner of the modern turbines that generate hydroelectricity. Hands-on displays are geared to children. You can picnic nearby.

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  • Address: 10933 Allison Ranch Rd., north of Empire St. exit off Hwy. 49 Grass Valley, CA 95945 | Map It
  • Phone: 530/273–4255
  • Cost: Donation requested
  • Hours: May–mid-Oct., Tues.–Sun. 11–5
  • Website:
  • Location: Grass Valley
Updated: 05-21-2013

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