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Mud Creek Placer Mine Adventure

Gerald Lindsey sat at his desk watching Randy McKinney try to absorb the massive pile of documents he had in front of him. Julie Fowler, Gerald’s secretary of 13 years, tried not to concentrate on the tower of paper as it threatened to topple over. Gerald knew the contents contained data proving one of the richest gold fields in Alaska were on his claims. But how to convince Randy, who was a 4th generation miner and had heard every mining story in the book?

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