Low levels reveal historic gold mine in Tuolumne Co. reservoir

STOCKTON – The long-hidden remnants of a mine that produced gold, silver and copper for nearly 100 years have reappeared at Lake Don Pedro in Tuolumne County.

The Eagle Shawmut Mine along the Tuloumne River was submerged when Lake Don Pedro Reservoir was completed in 1971. Now, with the reservoir at just 51 percent capacity, the old mine's foundation and some mining equipment can be seen on the lake's shores.

Those relics brought a smile to the face of Bonnie Braren of Santa Rosa. She came to the reservoir after spotting Shawmut Road on her way home after a vacation at Yosemite National Park. Braren couldn't help but wonder if the road led to the mine where her grandfather worked in the early 1900s.

She learned it did.

"This is amazing I happened to come here today and see this. He worked here, probably about 10 years. It's kind of like a piece of my past," Braren said.

Located about 40 miles east of Modesto, Lake Don Pedro supplies water to the Modesto and Turlock Irrigation Districts.


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