IT TAKES A MINE TO WORK A MINE

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PRESERVING THE REILING DREDGE

Situated 2.6 miles east of Breckenridge, the Reiling Gold Dredge was constructed over 100 years ago for the French Gulch Dredging Company to mine gold out of Summit County.  The dredge is a large barge-like boat with mining machinery on a floating substructure with the purpose of extracting gold from sand, gravel, and dirt out of stream channels.   On large gold dredges buckets dumped the material into a steel rotating cylinder that sloped downward toward a rubber belt that carried away oversize material and dumped the rocks behind the dredge. The cylinder allowed undersized material (including gold) to fall into a sluice box.  The rocks deposited behind the dredge are called “tailing piles.” The Reiling Gold Dredge remained in operation from 1915 until its sinking in 1922 and had the capacity of moving 2,000 yards a day.

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