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

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Assembling A First Class Mining Property


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A Hairsbreadth from Death


Few countries in the world can claim as lengthy a mining legacy as the Cornish of southwest England. Cornwall, a county situated at the farthest tip of the country at the edge of the Atlantic ocean, has been mined for tin deposits since the Bronze Age, 2100-1500 BC.

Ask The Experts: How to remove precious metals from lead?


I have a large amount of precious metals, gold and silver, mixed in with lead. Cupelling is expensive. What method can I use to extract the gold and silver without cupelling?

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Who Says You Have to Own a Claim to Find Gold?


Most of us know making a profit as a small-scale miner is difficult; however, sometimes we combine luck with a little skill and bring home a few ounces of the yellow stuff.

Tales of California Gold Discoveries 3rd in a Series—Bloody Nick The Miner


“Bloody Nick,” as he was known, arrived in California in 1850. From his name, there were those who thought him to be a big man, but instead, he was a small thin man, fifty-six years of age.

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