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Oil Seeps in Northern California

Indians used asphalt from oil seeps in California for caulking boats and other objects long before the white man arrived. Spaniards noted seeps as early as 1542, and the Portola expedition in 1769 used oil for wagon axles and as a fuel. Spaniards also used crude stills for obtaining lamp oil for use in the missions.

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Baker City is Defined by Gold Rush


When they strung up poor Bogs Greenwood on a ranch near here in 1864 for murder, most probably figured it was the start and finish of his moment of fame. But when a Main Street bank building was torn down decades later, a time capsule turned up, and there was Bogs’ skull, along with a brief biography.

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We have found strong support from legislators in both the House and Senate for several proposed bills that will provide Mining Districts with a greater role in the decisions that affect access to mining claims, oversight and regulations.

The Steeple Rock District, New Mexico


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