This week in Summit County history: The Dredge starts to dig on lambing ground
December 23, 2017
This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago.
New Dredge Starts to Dig on Lambing Ground
The construction of the new dredge below town was completed the first of the week by the Yuba Construction Co., and it was turned over to the Powder River Gold Dredging Co, who will operate it. While not all of the construction crew had finished, a few remained during the week to finish up several odd jobs on the boat.
This dredge has buckets of eight cubic feet of capacity, and is equipped with all modern improvements in gold saving devices. It is built to dig to a depth of seventy-five feet, and will handle four thousand yards of gravel per day.
An Exciting Runaway
A runaway by Alber's team caused some excitement about noon Thursday. The horses were standing in front of the McKenna residence, and knowing it was time for their noon feed, decided to go to the barn without the assistance of a driver. They became frightened and made several tours around town and through the alleys and finally returned to the alley back of Alber's store. The horses were not injured in any way but the sleigh was badly damaged. An accident was narrowly averted when the team passed down the sidewalk in front of Dr. Gilberson's dental parlors when Merrill Gilberson, the doctor's son was standing on the walk, and just missed being run down by the runaway team.
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