Unloading the ore car in Red Bluff

Circa 1994, having recovered the ore car from the New Era mine near Pentz, Butte County, California, Bill, Tom, Scott and John (driving the tractor) unload the ore car at its temporary resting place in Red Bluff.

Circa 1994, having recovered the ore car from the New Era mine near Pentz, Butte County, California, Bill, Tom, Scott and John (driving the tractor) unload the ore car at its temporary resting place in Red Bluff.

Ore car

Tom, John, Scott, Bill and Macland work to free an ore car from a dead cottonwood tree at the New Era mine near Pentz, Butte County, California.

Tom, John, Scott, Bill and Macland work to free an ore car from a dead cottonwood tree at the New Era mine near Pentz, Butte County, California.

Ore car at New Era mine

Ore car at New Era mine near Pentz, Butte County, California. The ore car still sat on the rails laid by Bill's great-grandfather, John O. Gaumer.

Ore car at New Era mine near Pentz, Butte County, California. The ore car still sat on the rails laid by Bill’s great-grandfather, John O. Gaumer.

Mine entrance at the New Era mine

Bill and Macland circa 1994 at the New Era mine near Pentz, Butte County, California. By then, the main mine entrance was partially caved in and overgrown with trees and brush.

Bill and Macland circa 1994 at the New Era mine near Pentz, Butte County, California. By then, the main mine entrance was partially caved in and overgrown with trees and brush.

Ore car from New Era mine

Scott, John, Tom, and Bill Gaumer circa 1994. The Gaumer men after they retrieved an ore car from John O. Gaumer's gold mine near Pentz, Butte County, California.

Scott, John, Tom, and Bill Gaumer circa 1994. The Gaumer men after they retrieved an ore car from John O. Gaumer’s gold mine near Pentz, Butte County, California.