Baker City is Defined by Gold Rush
September 2004 by Joseph B. FrazierWhen they strung up poor Bogs Greenwood on a ranch near here in 1864 for murder, most probably figured it was the start and finish of his moment of fame. But when a Main Street bank building was torn down decades later, a time capsule turned up, and there was Bogs’ skull, along with a brief biography.
Washington’s mineral prospecting regulations, adopted Jan. 1999, have indeed caused great chaos for those who enjoy the hobby and also those who were accustomed to making a living by operating larger (8”) dredges. The discussion within the miners’ network has not decreased; at best it is a slow simmer.
The crowbar can be a valuable mining tool. Crowbars come in all shapes and sizes. For moving large boulders and large chunks of bedrock, the longer 3½ footers work well. Then if you really get in trouble, there’s the long pry bar.
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
Q: Could you inform me as to what “barite” is used for? Where can I locate a company that mines barite?
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The excavator or backhoe has become the tool of choice for testing placer ground. These machines are the best way to explore and sample a placer deposit if the ground is not too wet or frozen and bedrock is not beyond the reach of the machine.
In the August 2000 issue of the Journal, the story of the "Quartszite Area" was most informative and accurate.
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