Randsburg—Still Going Strong
June 1999 by Frank Lorey IIISoon after the rich gold discoveries at Ballarat, near Death Valley, prospectors fanned out all over Southern California's Mohave Desert. Minor discoveries were made in many dry washes, gullies, and desolate areas, but no discovery has had the impact of the one that Frederick Mooers, John Singleton, and Charles Burcham, made in 1895.
This year was a test. We had never done anything like this before, yet we grossed $30,000 in the short time we had to mine.
by Ronald F. Balazik
Excerpted from USGS Mineral Industry Survey's 1998 Annual Review
Excerpts from CMJ, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
Most of the old large gold dredging operations used a trommel. The trommel consisted of a long metal cylinder made of heavy punch plate in which the small gravel, black sands, and gold would fall though holes and end up in banks of sluices.
Most of the commercial mineral deposits are on the south and southwest part of the range between Minersville and Milford, though small amounts of gold and silver have also been found in iron-rich outcrops in the basalt to the south of Milford.
by Henry E. Hilliard
Excerpted from USGS "1998 Annual Review"
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