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Ah Hee Diggings Interpretive Site

Interpretive Exhibit in Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

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Description

The Ah Hee Diggins Interpretive Site  displays the mining efforts of Chinese miners in the late 1800s and the resulting hand-stacked rock tailings that can be seen from the Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway. Although the miners could not file their own claims, holders could sell or lease worked-out claims to Chinese owned companies. To pursue their gold mining efforts, the miners muscled rock into piles across 16 acres of the valley to expose the streambed. They used gold pans, rockers and sluice boxes to extract the gold that was missed by previous mining operations from the sediment in the streambed.

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Activities

  • Interpretive Areas

Reservations

This site is not reservable.

Accessibility

The parking area and interpretation display for the site are accessible.

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Fee

No fee is needed for this site.

Restrictions

General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site.

Open Season Start

June