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Gold in the South Pass Greenstone Belt, Wyoming

To many geologists and prospectors, “greenstone belts” are synonymous with “gold belts” since they provide excellent places to search for gold.

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Working the Belmont Mine, Butte, Montana—1953 (Part 2)


During the two weeks that Jack had been hanging around the dump, no more than a dozen words had passed between us. As far as I knew, he didn’t know any more about me than I did about him. Consequently, I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard Jack ask, “Would you like to come and work with me?”

Goldfield—Princess of the Mojave


The sunbeams are winding their way through the snowclouds. I am rising out of Death Valley to engage in some reverie, a journey into times past. Prospect pits, phantoms from boom times’ extinct, appear on the side of the road. Soon, I enter the Bullfrog Mining District.

15th, 16th Century Coins Found in Romania


A farmer in northwestern Romania has dug up nearly 2,000 Polish, Hungarian and Turkish silver and gold coins dating back as far as the 15th century, an official said.

Commercial Placer Mining: Alaska Style


There are currently about 170 commercial-scale placer operations in Alaska. Most of these are small operations with just a few people working; they are often family affairs that operate seasonally only during favorable weather.

Looking Back


Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

Ask The Experts—How do I work this large quartz vein?


Q: I found a large quartz vein. I’m interested in mining this myself. Can you point me to a good book or other source on lode mining?

Idaho-Maryland Mine—History Restarted


It was late October 1850, and, as the story goes, George McKnight was rushing along trying to round up his cows when he stumbled. He was not a happy man as he kicked the fist-sized rock in disgust. The disgust changed quickly to interest...

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