Golden Age of Gold Dredges
June 2002 by Frank Lorey IIIOver one hundred years ago, gold mining in California saw a radically new method tried out in the major rivers of the Central Valley. Large gold dredges floated lazily but noisily on the waters, bringing up the rich gravel from deep below. With none of today’s environmental restrictions on such methods, the landscape was reworked into a maze of patterns along the rivers.
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
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