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Celebrating California's Golden Sesquicentennial & A Century of Mining

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Steven's Trail and the North Fork of the American


TOC Steven's TrailWhat were we doing going down a 4.5 mile trail to a cold river where there was no guarantee of anything except some ice and maybe cold hands and feet? First it seemed our winter was going to be a drought, and then all that reversed.

Melman on Gold & Silver


It’s amazing how a few pictures could place an entire Presidential Administration on the defensive, yet that is exactly what has happened during the past month with the publication of the photos out of Iraq, which presumably show American soldiers engaging in acts of torture, humiliation and ridicule inflicted on their Iraqi prisoners.

Detecting for Gold in Australia—The Kimberley Trip


The hair stood up on the back of my neck when I saw this, especially the nice patches of wash in the bottoms of the gullies, a sure sign of an auriferous source being nearby.

The Hunch


The mysteries of this spot were only just starting to develop. There is nothing but very bland granite-type rocks here,  meaning no bold, favorable indicators.

Placer Gemstones


Only the so-called “precious gems” will be considered in this article. They are diamond, ruby, sapphire, and emerald. A “gem” must be rare, hard, and durable, and possess a unique color or quality in order to be classified as a gem.

Looking Back


Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

Just Another Ordinary Weekend


There was no evidence that anyone else had ever worked this gully with the exception of some old sample piles near the foot of the ravine.

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The Bawl Mill   • Over the Divide   • Our Readers Say   • Desert Phone Trashed   • ICMJ Elected Prospecting Magazine of 1999   • Advertising Manager Leaving ICMJ   • Guest Editorial—California "Special" Dredge Permits in Jeopardy   • The Search Continues   • Guest Editorial: U.S. Government—Like Nobody's Business   • Circulation and Collections Manager Leaving ICMJ   • Company Notes   • House Chair Requests Records on Forest Decision   • BLM Wants to Withdraw South Pass Public Land   • Silverton Preserving Lofty Symbol of Mining Era   • Hijackers Make Off With 660 Pounds of Gold   • Prospecting With a Magnetometer   • Lighting the Way Underground 1860-1940s   • Millie's Tailings   • Picks & Pans: Crevicing & Sniping for Placer Gold   • Looking Back   • Gold in Sonora   • Forest Service Boss Quits in Bull Trout Flap   • Melman on Gold & Silver   • European Gold Miners Seek Clarification Letter   • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices   • Squeezing Diamond Into Graphite

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