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Prospectors Beat Mining Claim Tax

Early in 2006, two prospectors, joint owners of unpermitted mining claims in San Bernardino County, California, were confronted by the County Tax Collector with stiff taxes amounting to hundreds of dollars for the “possessory right” to own mining claims in that county.

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The Final Gold Strike of the Alaska Gold Rush—Livengood Stampede, 1914


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