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First Woman to Draw Mining Pension

For generations, men willing to endure physical labor have been able to make a decent living working as miners on the Marquette Iron Range. But it has been only in the last 25 years that the open-pit facilities have given women the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and dig into hard labor.

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Old-Time Mining Geology Books


Geology books are best used by geologists, but many of the old-time books can be understood by most anyone who has an interest in rocks and minerals. Certain words or phrases may stump the layman, but just skip those parts and go on to the portions of the books that are easily understood. Some of the old-time mining geology books should be in every small miner’s collection.

Mining Sisters Make History


Judy Etherton wasn’t out to make headlines or break any barriers when she entered the mining industry more than 30 years ago.

The Smell of Gold -- Part II


While mapping, I also found rock chips in the soil that were characteristic of the same wall rock alteration that occurs adjacent to the known lodes in the greenstone belt.

How to Find Gold in Hot Ground With A VLF Detector


He didn’t recognize what he was hearing, of course, but to my ear that bank was full of small gold.

The Golden Surprise


The thing about large coil, deep ground, big nugget detecting is the mind set you have to implement, which is completely different to the assuredness of a nugget or two if you chase the smaller but more prolific weights.

Elizabethtown: Uncovering a Buried California Mining Community


Although 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.

Picks & Pans: More Big River Dredging in Northern California


As the mining club in Happy Camp had lowered their initial joining price to something even a dirt-poor, full-time gold dredger like me could afford, I joined—and then impatiently awaited the coming of dredging season.

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