A Historic Village
Gold Mining Information
The Glory HoleThe Blue Lake started out as Kildare Hill at a height of 400 feet which has been mined and washed out to sea to leave us this spectacular Blue Lake.
Today, the pit at St Bathans has been flooded and named Blue Lake. The pillars of sluiced white-quartz gravel and the blue water are an interesting feature, enjoyed by waterskiers and holidaymakers
Sluicing GunsThese water canons where used to wash the material down to the hydraulic elevators which then removed the material from the the bottom of the hole to the top and across the sluicing boxes.
The Sluicing boxes then captured the gold
Hydraulic mining was a variation on ground sluicing where the water was shot through a nozzle at high pressure onto the face of the cliff, thereby washing away tons of gravel, dirt, and ounces of gold.
Hydraulic EngineeringHydraulic elevators were used to reach the alluvial gold that were covered by gravel. The elevators worked like giant vacuum cleaners, sucking a slurry of gravel and water up from the bottom of the Glory Hole.
A historic gold mining town
Step back in time and enjoy the historic town without the crowds.
Once a busy Gold Mining Town.
Population of 1000 people supporting 40 businesses 14 of which were hotels
Now it is quaint historic town that’s barely changed since the gold rush days.
Extreme EnvironmentTemperatures from -15 to 35 degrees
They certainly were built tough back in the day
The motto for the area is “A World of Difference”
Farming in the industry of today
A typical traffic jam in St Bathans
A sight to be seen.