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Tales of California Gold Discoveries 1st in a Series—Yankee Jim's

Most everyone has heard the term “gold is where you find it’” and probably have read how James Marshall, in 1848, while inspecting the mill-race ditch that had been dug to supply water for the saws at the sawmill that he was building for John Sutter, ended up finding the first pieces of gold within the ditch along the South Fork of the American River...

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The Drum Mountains are located 23 to 30 airline miles northwest of Delta (pop. 2,000), in west-central Utah. The desert mountains rise to 7,233 feet and receive only 8 inches of precipitation a year.

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Gold Miners Become Tungsten Miners


The story begins in the early 1940s in Vance County, North Carolina, on a farm that belonged to the Hamme family. During spring plowing in 1942, one of the brothers accidentally plowed up an odd looking rock and took it home to show his younger brother who was studying geology at Duke University.

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