North Star Mine Powerhouse

California State Historic Landmark 843

Plaque exists. Site exists. Landmark location.

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#843 North Star Mine Powerhouse
The North Star Mine Powerhouse, built by A.D. Foote in 1895, was the first complete water powered compressed air transmission plant of its kind. Compressed air, generated by Pelton water wheels, furnished power for the entire mine operation. The 30 foot Pelton wheel was the largest in the world, and was in continuous use for over 30 years.

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Mining and Pelton Wheel Museum, S Mill at Allison Ranch Rd, Grass Valley.

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