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Finding Gold in Mokelumne River Canyon

The Mokelumne River was first worked by the ‘49ers, and foundations of Spanish missions and old miner’s cabins are still present. Elton’s first experience with Roaring Camp came in 1947, when he took a job packing in supplies...

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