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Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

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The Manson Mine


The Manson Mine. That’s what they called it in Ballarat in 1969. The name stuck even after Crazy Charlie Manson and the girls got hauled out of California’s Panamint Range behind Ballarat in handcuffs and ended up in prison for the Tate-LaBianca murders.

Paleoplacers in the Black Hills


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Mining Claims: Breaking All The Commandments


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Identifying the Noble Metals Simple Tests That Work


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The Guaniamo Diamond Region, Venezuela—Part I


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Siskiyou National Forest Update


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