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Discovery of the Silver Bullets

In 1926, Carl W. Chilson wrote the authentic history of his family and the discovery of the legendary Apache Mine of the Silver Bullets. The story starts out in 1868 when Steve L. Chilson leaves Bandera, Texas, with his family en route...

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Another Gold Heist Reported at Nome


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