The Morgan Mine

The Morgan Mine is the most noticeable mining scar along the entire length of Hwy 49. Originally known as "The Crater" due to its early resemblance to a volcano, the removal of tons of gold-bearing ore has wiped out any volcano-like appearance it may have once had. The present absence of hill is a result of open pit mining which took place from the late 1980ís through 1991. These operations encompassed the old Morgan, Melones, and Carson Hill mines, as well as several other mines and claims located on the Hill. More than fifteen miles of shafts and tunnels have been cut through the hill, with one shaft reaching a depth of 4,450 feet.