Land of Golden Dreams—California in the Gold Rush Decade
November 1999 by Guest WriterSan Marino, California—"Boys, I believe I have found a gold mine!" With these simple words, an obscure New Jersey carpenter and mechanic named James W. Marshall set in motion a global cascade of events that dramatically shaped the social and economic life of California and the American West.
As many long time readers know, one of my favorite sayings is the Asian expression, "May you live in interesting times." We sure do and if you didn't believe it before, just consider the latest word from the international markets.
The Foresthill Divide in Placer County, California, has underneath its present surface a multitude of buried river channels, most of which paid enormously well in the Gold Rush years of 1850 to 1890.
During this trip we found enough gold to make us want to come back, even with the punishment of a very long, tough hike.
Have you ever wondered what it is going to take to stop the insanity of politicians and environmental groups from taking away our rights?
Timmins, Ontario, is a fascinating city for miners to observe. During periods of strong mining activity, Timmins prospers, home values rise, retail activity increases, vacant office spaces fill up and so forth. However, during periods of...
It was the first mine developed by Americans in the Cadsden Purchase of 1853. A number of small near-surface mines had been operated by Spaniards and Mexicans in the region prior to the arrival of Americans, going back as far as 1740.
The Bawl Mill • USPS Delays ICMJ Delivery at Oakland, CA Processing Center • Another Gold Heist Reported at Nome • No Need to Rewrite Mining Regs, NAS Study Confirms • BLM Filing Requirements for Small Miners' Waiver • Asarco Accepts Phelps Dodge Buyout • Once Lonely, Mojave Desert Phone Now World's Companion • Judge Blocks Road Protest • Company to Sue Over Stymied Gold Mine • No Mining / Logging on 40 Million Acres • Catastrophism vs. Uniformitarianism • 1st Annual Placer County Open Gold Panning Championships—1999 • Picks & Pans: The Ten-Pennyweight Nugget • Mining in Sonora, Mexico • Pullin' the Pin • Cerro Colorado Silver, Arizona • Progressive Privy Program Proved Popular • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Surging Gold Prices Burn a Few Unlucky Mining Firms • Looking Back