Six Mile Canyon

Placer mining in Six Mile Canyon began as early as 1858, but the Flowery District wasn't organized until Fall 1859. A camp known as Flowery or Flowery City was established in the early 1860s, but was overshadowed by growth in Virginia City and never prospered.

In the 1860s and 70s, several mills were operated throughout the canyon as Virginia City grew, the largest being the Gould & Curry. Others included the Omega, Empire State, and Lady Bryan (old Flowery City). Residences were also built in the canyon as Virginia City spilled over. By the end of the century, however, most of the mines and mills had closed.

In 1902, Charles Butter's massive cyanide plant, the largest in the country, began refining tailings piles at the base of Sugarloaf. The mill ceased operation in 1927, and only foundations remain today. At Flowery, nothing remains and more recent activity has made its location uncertain.

I Visited Six Mile Canyon
8.21.2008

See Also
Gold HillDayton

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