When we first arrived at Riverbend Farm we couldn't help but notice the buffalo.
|"Running" errands for dad.|
|Some of the tractors that were there for the 'show' part.|
|The boys were THRILLED to see a bald eagle, especially Fireball Coyote! It was his first "grown up and not a child."|
|Playing on the slides getting energy out. ;-)|
Now on to the Reed Mine tour! :-)
|An ore cart at the entrance. You go into the gray building at the upper left corner and get the self guided map. Then come out in the trees to start the tour.|
|Along the path we saw a cradle rocker for the gold,|
|and a boat rocker.|
|The entrance to the mine.|
|The stope and vein of white quartz where gold can be found. The average tunnel height was 5 feet from floor to ceiling and 3 feet wide. The cart shown is like the one used in the Reed Mine.|
|Walking along the path of the the miners, Pumpkin and I were awe struck.|
|The Morgan Shaft is 50 feet below the surface.|
|Pumpkin was frustrated because the mine showed tools used to mine that were not part of the Reed Mining process. I tried to explain to him that it was showing how others mined, but he wanted what the Reed Mine used ONLY.|
|The Morgan Shaft headframe and kibble (Cornish word for bucket). A kibble bucket was used to carry things from above ground to underground. (Yes, it is above the 50 ft. Morgan Shaft we were standing under.)|
|A 24 lb. nugget was found on the Reed Mine property.|
|"Digging about three feet below teh surface here in "Dry Hollow," Jacob Shinn found the Reed's last largest nugget. It weighed almost 23 pounds. ..."|
|They had two of these,on one on either side of the bridge.|
Now it's time to pan for our own gold!!!
|Washing the pre set pans.|
|When you get down to a handful of sand they check for gold. Our first set of pans for each of us had no luck.|
|On the boys second set, Pumpkin had success!|
|We toured the museum.|
|Pumpkin got gold, Fireball Coyote got a miners hat, all were happy.|
Back to the farm.
After plowing they took a break for lunch and looked around the farm some more.
|ALL those eggs!!! Mom and|
|Having fun with the apple shooter.|
|What they aim at - a bus or target sign. Fireball Coyote hit the bus 3/4 times. I think Pumpkin missed all four times or hit it once.|
|We'll be back next year to mine and plow.|