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How California Became the Golden State

On the morning of the 19th of January, 1848, Marshall went out to examine the cut and inspect the progress that had been made overnight.

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Mining Expedition at Eagle Rock—Part I


Dredging near Eagle Rock on the North Fork of the Salmon River, California.We spent the winter and spring months obtaining all of the prospecting and camping gear that would be needed to sustain the five of us for 14 days on the river.

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The Treasure Detective—Part III


In the 1800s, rich silver and gold mines along the eastern Sierras were supplied from Los Angeles by a wagon road with an important stage stop at Freeman Junction. Wagons carrying the gold and silver back from the mines to Los Angeles followed the same wagon road. A cottage industry of robbery arose where numerous individuals made a living holding up these wagons and making off into the hills with the loot.

Managers at Fault for Two Deaths at Meikle Mine


Two miners were killed in an accident partly because someone wedged a broom handle against a reset button to bypass an alarm that would have shut down the system, federal safety investigators said.

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Miners Clean Washington Rivers and Streams


The Washington Department of Health has issued several warnings about mercury contamination in fish and shellfish. The small-scale mining community is the only group that is actively removing mercury and lead from the waterways of the State of Washington using the only economically feasible method available—with suction dredges and other small-scale mining equipment.

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