Assembling a Steam Gold Dredge, Eastern Oregon - c. 1900


Assembling a Steam Gold Dredge, Eastern Oregon - Hazeltine

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This large steam-powered gold dredge is under construction on an unidentified river somewhere in eastern Oregon, probably near Baker City, where photographer Martin Hazeltine operated his studio. I'd be grateful if you could help me identify the location. (Several folks have suggested this is on the John Day River.)

Two large boilers, likely coal-fired, provide the power for the dredge. In detail view 1, you can see that the near one is labeled "Left", just to make sure there aren't any mistakes in the assembly process. Detail view 2 shows the rotating drum with gradually increasing sized holes, used to separate out the larger rocks from the more desirable smaller aggregate.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0462
Photographer Martin M. Hazeltine
Location Unknown Oregon
Subject Construction, Mining
Decade 1900s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Medium-size Print
Size of Original 3.6 x 4.6 inches
Photographer's Number No