Gold! That magic word brought miners to Weaverville, California in droves, following the discovery of rich deposits in 1849. The original tent city was rapidly replaced by a thriving town and fortune seekers came from around the world seeking gold, including French noblemen Baron and Baroness de La Grange.
HYDRAULIC MINING The water used to in the high pressure nozzles came down the mountain in the ditches and flume-ways built by hand.
Their La Grange mine (the world’s largest at the time) utilized that latest in technology –hydraulic mining—which used high-pressure water nozzles to blast away at the soil to reach the gold ore beneath. The water that blasted through the high pressure nozzles flowed down the mountain through ditches and flumes built by hand by thousands of Chinese laborers. Over 150 years later these trails and flume-ways now provide some of the best mountain biking imaginable.
Weaverville hosts an active visual and performing arts community with many galleries, coffeehouses and a new performing arts center. Performances and art openings are continue throughout the year insuring great entertainment on almost any given weekend.
Close to the Trinity River, which features world class kayaking and rafting opportunities, Weaverville also is the home of the Weaver Basin Trail System where the Weaverville 24 – WEMBO 2015 race will take place.
On the National Register of Historic Places, Weaverville is the county seat of Trinity County and has also been recently designated a Preserve America Community.
There’s a long history of mountain bike events in Weaverville too. The famed LaGrange Classic–which still happens today–was first held in the 1980’s back in the days of cantilever brakes, toe-clips and rigid forks & frames. The first Weaverville endurance race was held in 2002. This year’s Weaverville Nine to Five is October 18 and the LaGrange Fall Classic is November 1