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Molycorp Minerals Reopens Mountain Pass Mine

During the great uranium rush of the late 1940s, thousands of prospectors spread out all over the western United States sampling rock outcrops for traces of radioactivity.

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Lucky Shot Mine and the Willow Creek Plutons


Once a thriving mining community, the town of Lucky Shot, Alaska,  also known as Kellyville, is nowhere to be found today. Buildings were either hauled away or burned. The snow loads of the Talkeetna Mountains crushed some of...

Platinum Alley—The South American Zone of Wealth and Adventure


California and Alaska have their reputation for gold mining wealth but they just don’t begin to compare with the huge wealth of gold and platinum found in the past and today in Colombia, Panama and Ecuador in western South America.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Positive bill passes House
• Anti-mining bill dies in Washington State

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: The Superbowl Nugget


My next strategy was to walk anywhere and everywhere that I had been inside this home and garage. I looked on the floor, in the bathroom, I checked the bathroom trash can, and I even pulled the shower curtain back and looked in the bathtub.

Looking Back


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

The Bawl Mill


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Why Did This Silver Mine Close? Pt II


During the mid-1800s until about 1920, the settlers of the West tended to be quite optimistic, but in reality they flew with a wing and a prayer.

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