Fairplay dredge at Fairplay, Colorado
Slide showing the Fairplay dredge boat, which mined the Fairplay placer along the South Platte River. This dredge boat was built by the Yuba Manufacturing Company and shipped to Fairplay, Colorado in sections. The South Platte Dredging Company used it to mine the Fairplay placer along the South Platte River starting in 1941. The Fairplay dredge was electrically operated and was the largest dredge in Colorado. The dredge had over 100 buckets that fed gravel from the river bottom into the dredge's interior where it was milled. The stacker then deposited the tailings along the river channel. The ...
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