Sam, the Tenderfoot Prospector
November 2005 by Chris RalphThere were many thousands of tenderfoot, greenhorn prospectors that came out west in the 1860s and 70s. Some came to make their fortunes; some came to flee other problems back east; and some just came for the adventure. Probably every one had a tale to tell, but one of these adventurous individuals was a young man named Sam, and this is his true story.
Q: I found a large quartz vein. I’m interested in mining this myself. Can you point me to a good book or other source on lode mining?
Virginia Elvira Russell
(Mining Grandma of Humbug)
March 4, 1999
Three times we went back and finally found a clue. There was an old air shaft not far from the trail!
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