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Sharon A. Murray
Articles by Sharon A. Murray
Dredging for Monazite in Idaho

The advent of the nuclear age, after World War II, aroused concerns in government circles when officials realized the United States was entirely dependent upon foreign sources of supply for rare earth elements. This prompted the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) to enlist the US Bureau of Mines Special Minerals Investigation Branch to evaluate monazite-bearing placers in the United States in 1948.

October 2003 (Vol. 73, No. 2)
The Gold Hill and Iowa Mine, Boise County, Idaho: 1863-1895

In August 1862, prospectors from Walla Walla, Washington, led by George Grimes, discovered gold near the present townsite of Pioneer City. Grimes was killed by Indians shortly after the discovery. The remaining argonauts retreated to Walla Walla. On October 10, 1862, 52 men returned to Grimes Creek. They built a fort and several cabins before continuing their quest for gold.

April 2002 (Vol. 71, No. 8)
The Gold Hill and Iowa Mine 1895-1938

Mining was curtailed at the Gold Hill Mine in Quartsburg, Idaho, in September 1895, because the owners disagreed about the profitability of pumping large volumes of water from the workings and mining the sulfide ores encountered in the lower levels. In June 1896, the property was sold at auction to A. H. Boomer of San Francisco, California for $4,500. The following day Boomer deeded the mine to...

August 2002 (Vol. 71, No. 12)
Roosevelt: From Boom Town to Mountain Lake

Roosevelt was a product of the Thunder Mountain boom, Idaho's last major gold rush.

August 1999 (Vol. 68, No. 12)