Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Eagle Creek mining area along Steese Highway - 8-30-14
This photo was taken from the south approach to Eagle Summit, looking southeast towards Eagle Creek. The creek drainage has been mined extensively. The horizontal lines across the hillside are old ditches dug by miners to bring water from the headwaters of the creek to diggings lower down the valley. Miners were able to increase the usable water pressure at their diggings by keeping the ditches high on the hillside, and then running the final cut straight down the hill to the mine site.
This is a photo of the old mining camp on the floor of the valley.