Melman on Gold & Silver
June 2004 by Leonard MelmanIt’s amazing how a few pictures could place an entire Presidential Administration on the defensive, yet that is exactly what has happened during the past month with the publication of the photos out of Iraq, which presumably show American soldiers engaging in acts of torture, humiliation and ridicule inflicted on their Iraqi prisoners.
The Livengood (pronounced with a long “i” as in alive) gold stampede was the last of the great Alaska Gold Rush. The string of gold rushes began in 1886 with the Fortymile gold strike, and ten years later with the large Yukon Klondike goldfields discovery.
• More roadblocks to dredging in California
• Two Oregon Sheriffs challenge Forest Service authority
• Gold is money
Leaving sprawling Calaveras County, California, and heading north, the next county along the Golden Highway (Hwy 49) is tiny Amador County. Packed into it’s roughly twenty-five mile stretch of the historical roadway are some of the most charming, scenic towns that will be encountered along the whole way. This stretch was also home to some of the richest gold placers during the gold rush, a fact not lost on those who still try their hand at panning and dredging today.
The Chinle Formation, of Triassic age, underlies about 100,000 square miles in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. It adds to the scenic grandeur of the great Colorado Plateau province, noted for its high cliffs and deep canyons.
Republican vice presidential contender Dick Cheney, continuing a campaign swing through the West, said the Clinton administration has failed to step up and toe the mark for the mining and energy industry.
In June 1997, a story I wrote was printed in the Journal titled, “His Name Was John.” Occasionally Grandfather John jotted down notes about his life in America and in the mines. He planned to give these mementos to his sons. The only time he wrote home was to let his wife know when he was booking a trip back to Italy. He sent whatever money he could from his pay in the Argonaut and Kennedy mines in Jackson, California. Mailing letters was expensive, as was everything else.
- Apparently snow, rain, heat and gloom have been slowing down mail delivery
- Name that tune
The Bawl Mill • Higher Copper Price Brings Hope, Jobs • Zeballos Gold Camp, British Columbia • Agreement Allows Pogo Mine to Resume Construction • Treasure Hawk Mine Back in Action • Oregon Dredgers Receive Threats From Environmentalists • Understanding Hard Rock Mining: Terms and Methods—Part I • Mood at Calgary Conference is Subdued, But Optomistic • Reinventing the Wheel—The Infinity-Jet • Company Notes • Endangered Species Act is a Mess • Placer Platinum • Here Come the MineBots • Agency Gives Initial Backing to Kensington Mine • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Looking Back • Brits Thwart Robbery of Gold and Cash