Elizabethtown: Uncovering a Buried California Mining Community
July 1999 by Richard H. Peterson, PhDAlthough there are many mining ghost towns in California, it is rare to find the ruins of one that was abandoned 140 years ago and then subsequently buried by hydraulic mining debris.
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
Since this position was the least desirable due to the hard physical labor, the bucking room was used as punishment. Do you have a mediocre worker? Bad attitude? Off to the bucking room!
After contributing to the total, I am proud to claim my share of Ray’s patch. In total, we got almost an ounce of gold from the schist where it seems to have been formed.
The discovery of gold in the Klondike in August 1896 brought a rush that became a bonanza for a few, and hardship and disaster for many. The remoteness of the discovery site, and the extremely harsh climate made the effort to recover gold foolhardy for all but the most prepared.
It was time to prime the pump and start the engine! Dan’s priming method is to use a small, submersible, 12-volt pump. My priming method is to use a hand-operated diaphragm pump.
The focus of attention by the financial media during past month has shifted considerably away from the international political and terrorist outlook and turned clearly toward important developments as they appear likely to affect the outlook for the US and worldwide economies in the coming year.
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