John Fremont and the Gold Mines of Las Mariposas
August 2008 by Chris RalphJohn Frémont was a man whose luck regularly swung from one extreme to another. At times he seemed to be the luckiest man on earth, yet he sometimes made bad decisions that got him into a considerable amount of trouble.
New statistics released by the US Census Bureau show Elko County has the highest median family income in Nevada, thanks to the mining industry.
Five years after depressed copper prices forced the Robinson mine to shut down, the first truckload of concentrate pulled out in what its new owner sees as a renewal of the facility and Ely-area residents hope is a rebirth of the region.
My interest in gold mining began with a few friends who, knowing that I was a chemist by trade (never mind that I am a biochemist), interrogated me every day at the gringo coffee shop in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Who were the earliest prospectors in the Western Hemisphere? Is there any way to tell?
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
• Can I find enough gold to make a living with only hand tools?
The Bawl Mill • Ask The Experts—What questions should I ask before investing in a gold mine? • Ask The Experts—Should I choose gold, silver or mining stocks? • From the Editor • Eight Reasons To Release Oil From The Strategic Petroleum Reserve • No Leprechaun Needed • Building A Mine—Dust Devil Sunstones • Remote Throttle Benefits Dredgers • Pickering Bar Revisited • The Pay Streak: Redefined With Metal Detectors • No Gas Needed • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices