Free Public Talk by George Wheeldon - Leading Expert on Deep Blue Lead

by Placerville Newswire / Jul 07, 2017 / comments

George A. Wheeldon, P.G., Emeritus Professor of Geology
Thursday July 13 @ 6:30 pm.
778 Pacific Street (behind the Fausel House)

Professor Wheeldon is the leading expert on the Deep Blue Lead and helped the Arts Council curate the current show built around the subject. In his time teaching, since 1967, he has developed an outstanding and one of a kind curriculum centered on prospecting and the Mining History of California's Mother Lode Region. On July 13 he will share some of his knowledge with the public.

"Stepping into a classroom is pure joy for me," George says.  "It is at once rewarding and humbling.  After 40 years as a teacher, I have found there are no dumb questions and students still pose questions that stump me.  Teaching keeps me young and alive.  Who could ask for more than that?"

Caitlin Thompson. Big Cut Cobbles. 2017. Photograph.




Deep Blue Lead examines the vast, ancient river forged by powerful geologic forces at work millions of years ago, a flow of water that gouged out a channel two miles wide and four miles long. The ore that was eventually deposited along the Lead was discovered during the Gold Rush; the vein runs under the lava caps that give the local winery its name, under Smith Flat House and Hangtown Creek for several miles towards the South Fork of the American River.







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Spanish Hill Mining. 1852. Reproduction of historical photograph.





Free and Open to the Public


Thursday, July 13 

6:30 pm 


778 Pacific St, Placerville (behind the Fausel House)





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