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Lluvia de Oro— A Shower of Gold Awaiting Development in the Sierra Madre—Part I

In the silver belt of the Sierra Madre, the Lluvia de Oro was a discovery of gold, found not by the Spaniards of yore, but from an observant Indian a little over a century ago.

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An Unusual Death in Downieville's Gold Rush


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Placer vs. Lode Gold


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Fine Gold Panning Without Using Mercury


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