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Chinese Camp, California and the Tong War of 1856

In an enterprise known for its boom-to-bust pattern, Tuolumne County produced some of the most productive and enduring gold mining towns of the last half of the 19th century in. California.

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Searching for Gold at Paradise Valley, Alaska


There are lots of stories about the big gold found in Alaska, but where does a prospector get the idea that it’s something the every day gold miner might get involved in? One must understand that the quest for gold in the mid-1800s brought...

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Ask The Experts—Separating platinum from sands using bubbles


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Mud Men: Pocket Miners of Southwest Oregon Part III


The amount of gold in the traces from the low-grade scattered veinlets may be much more than the traces from the small but rich pocket, at least until the pocket hunter closes in on the rich pocket. Further confusion arises if the prospector stumbles across a placer deposit on one of the higher peaks.

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