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I first saw Pioche, Nevada while hitch-hiking into town in an old Ford with three good tires and one wheel hammered to an ugly steel disc on fifty miles of blacktop.

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• Pan American Silver Corp.
• Mountain Province Mining Inc.
• Canyon Resources Corp.

Working the Belmont Mine—1953 (Part 3—Conclusion)


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