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Gold in Moffat County, Colorado

The area of interest in this article is in eastern Moffat County, located in northwestern Colorado adjacent to the Wyoming line. It is a high, sagebrush prairie which ranges from 6,200 to 7,200 feet in elevation, north and northwest of the county seat of Craig (pop. 8,000).

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by Ronald F. Balazik
Excerpted from USGS Mineral Industry Survey's 1998 Annual Review

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