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

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An Unusual Death in Downieville's Gold Rush


While women were extremely rare in the early California gold camps, their relative absence did not always guarantee their safety or protection if they happened to be of Mexican nationality. The most memorable, graphic example of this tendency took place in Downieville, seat of Sierra County located on a fork of the Yuba River.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


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Alaska Geologist Survives Grizzly Attack


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California Suction Dredging Update


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Corralling Those Pesky Platinum Group Metals


Some assay beads disappear, collapse, hide under the surface, or spread out flat while being cupelled, just as the last tiny bit of liquid litharge is driven off. This is especially true of platinum, iridium and osmium, when attempting to re-bead the filtered residue from a parted bead.

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