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Lewis Swindle
Articles by Lewis Swindle
Tales of California Gold Discoveries 1st in a Series—Yankee Jim's

Most everyone has heard the term “gold is where you find it’” and probably have read how James Marshall, in 1848, while inspecting the mill-race ditch that had been dug to supply water for the saws at the sawmill that he was building for John Sutter, ended up finding the first pieces of gold within the ditch along the South Fork of the American River...

September 2005 (Vol. 75, No. 1)
Tales of California Gold Discoveries 2nd in a Series—The Jenny Lind Mine

It is said that the richest deposits of gold at Foresthill were discovered by one of those accidents that is impossible for man to foresee, but which all are willing to take advantage of.

October 2005 (Vol. 75, No. 2)
Tales of California Gold Discoveries 3rd in a Series—Bloody Nick The Miner

“Bloody Nick,” as he was known, arrived in California in 1850. From his name, there were those who thought him to be a big man, but instead, he was a small thin man, fifty-six years of age.

November 2005 (Vol. 75, No. 3)
Tales of California Gold Discoveries 4th in a Series—Pay Attention When You Dig

It was the first month of a new year, 1861. Three men, by the name of Young, Blake and La Rossney, who had been somewhat unsuccessful in river mining, went looking for gold elsewhere.

December 2005 (Vol. 75, No. 4)