Clarence King, Geologist
May 2004 by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhDClarence King was born in Rhode Island in 1842, the son of a businessman. His father died when he was 6, so he was raised by his mother. She wanted to have Clarence attend the very best schools, and even moved in order to have him in the best district. She gave him a magnifying glass on his 7th birthday, and this led to his discovery of fossil ferns in neighborhood rocks.
Many well-equipped prospecting or mining operations, those with adequate, up-to-date equipment, have discovered a secret: Uncle Sam, in the form of our tax laws, is eager to pick-up a portion of the tab for acquiring and modernizing the equipment necessary to operate a successful mining operation business.
Soon after the rich gold discoveries at Ballarat, near Death Valley, prospectors fanned out all over Southern California's Mohave Desert. Minor discoveries were made in many dry washes, gullies, and desolate areas, but no discovery has had the impact of the one that Frederick Mooers, John Singleton, and Charles Burcham, made in 1895.
Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid, once a staunch supporter of mining and a voice of reason when dealing with public lands issues, seems to have changed his tune.
- Some mining claim fees increase
- Oregon miners file appeal
- US Fish & Wildlife law enforcement policing powers restrained
• SREP appeals
• No decision yet in Karuk case
• Right to Access bill
He excitedly told me he was going mining and wanted to know where he should go, how to do it, and so on. After he calmed down, I got excited. “I need to go!” was my response.
• Bill introduced to repeal RAT
• Rock Creek — Alaska
• Rock Creek — Montana
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