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Chasing the Ghosts of Forty-Niners

Plodding in the footsteps of the forty-niners across the sun-baked Nevada desert, I feel the ghost of a man named Israel Lord tap me on the shoulder.

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Sam, the Tenderfoot Prospector


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Eastern Arizona: Gold and Base Metal Deposits—Part I


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Wyoming's Billion Dollar Nugget—The Trilogy Ends


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