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The Trail of ‘98

On June 16, 1897, the steamer Excelsior cruised into San Francisco Bay, completing its long voyage from Alaska. While a ship arriving from the far north was not a particularly unusual event, this one heralded news of something truly big.

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2004 California State Gold Panning Championships


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Now, from all corners of the world, at all hours of the day and night, people call, trying to reach out and touch someone. Anyone, really, who might happen to be passing by when the Mojave Phone Booth starts ringing.

Melman on Gold & Silver


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Round Mountain, Nevada


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Looking Back


Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

Ask The Experts—Where can I find information on the Abby mine?


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