Melman on Gold & Silver
November 2005 by Leonard MelmanYour correspondent has been around quite a while on this globe of ours, but seldom have we ever seen a collection of calamities such as has occurred during this past ten months.
Although it is now known that Mount Diablo, located in Contra Costa County in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, was the site of the largest coal mining operation in the state during the last half of the 19th century... this majestic focal point... also was the source of other minerals.
Finding a new gold nugget patch, a cache of old bottles, valuable old coins, jewelry, and artifacts can be as easy as finding a long lost uncle. You just need to do a little detective work so that you can find his address and then acquire a map to his house. Sound simple? It is.
Once again, we've been deluged with telephone calls complaining about delivery of the International California Mining Journal...
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
During the summer break of my first year of college in the late ‘50s, I was unemployed and bored, so my friends and I decided to do some gold mine exploration. We used to read a magazine called Treasure and had a good idea of where all the gold mines were located.
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