Omega Hydraulic Diggings
|Omega Hydraulic Diggings|
|Location||Omega Rest Area,
California State Route 20 (P.M. 35. 7),
6 miles east of Washington Road
The Omega Hydraulic Diggings are located 1 mile (1.6 km) north of what was the town of Omega, California during the California Gold Rush. The site is southeast of the unincorporated town of Washington, California. From SR 20, the diggins are reachable via the gravel Omega Road which merges with Forest Route 29 in small sections.
ALPHA AND OMEGA
One mile north of here were the towns of Alpha and Omega, named by gold miners in the early 1850s. The tremendous hydraulic diggings, visible from near this point, engulfed most of the original townsites. Alpha was the birthplace of famed opera singer Emma Nevada. Mining at Omega continued until 1949, and lumbering operations are carried on there today (1958).
California Registered Historical Landmarks Nos. 628-629
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