Anne and Rus in front of the church.
Not roses, but very pretty en masse.
Original gate: Mount St. Mary's Academy, Founded 1865.
Next we drove several blocks to the Northstar Mine Powerhouse Museum located by Wolf Creek in Grass Valley, another first for Jimmy and me. Uh-oh, the Museum was closed, it being a Monday -- seems like all museums and barbershops are closed on Mondays. However, we were free to look over many of the large gold mining artifacts which sit outside, and walk across the tree-shaded bridge to the picnic area on the other side of spirited Wolf Creek.
Jimmy and Rus investigated quite a few of the machine workings on the museum grounds. From the bridge, Anne and I enjoyed the cooling waters of Wolf Creek.
These two pics relay the ride miners took when descending to work. The first pic above is my photograph of a photograph showing how the miners sat in the skips. Jimmy is sitting on a lower rung (seat) of a skip, ready to plunge!! Not really. It's for show 'n tell. Enlarge any photo for a better look-see.
A replica of the headframe.
I took this picture, so I know how steep the decline was - maybe 45 degrees? However, when I look at this picture now, it looks like the rails are slightly inclined. Optical illusion - go figure. I shudder when I feature the miners descending a mile under the earth's surface. Gives me the creeps. A lot of gold came out of the Empire.... I understand Empire is going to open for a full underground immersion tour, now pushed back to 2014, I believe. Jimmy would like to do this; I don't know if I can overcome enough claustrophobia....
The flip side of a hard-rock gold mine such as the Empire,
is the lovely home and gardens of the mine owner.
Nice little place the mine owner built.
Rus and Anne, me and Jimmy ready to order dinner at Cirino's in Grass Valley on Monday evening -- a very nice parting gift from my brother and sis-in-law. The ambiance was terrific (window view), the food was excellent, and the company ... well, the company was The Best.