WANTED: Mining Poets, Singers & Storytellers
October 1999 by StaffThe hard-learned lessons, humor, tragedies and issues of work in mining have long been the subject of poetry, stories, songs and visual art by mineworkers and their families.
Charles L. Butler
1920 - 2014
Prospectors east of the Mississippi have their share of gold bearing property to explore and prospect upon. There’s plenty of undiscovered gold on the bottoms of the creeks and rivers running through the eastern gold belt.
Because of multiple take-out points along a ditch line, the ditches themselves become a wealth of knowledge to us present-day miners.
For any foot-loose prospector betting the price of silver goes up, there’s a promising piece of public land open for location in Nevada’s challenging Esmeralda County.
When I started dredging a short distance downstream from that feature I realized that I was into a major paystreak and much of the gold was coming right out of the upper gravel. I could see the chunky pieces falling out of the gravel as they were pulled into...
For many years, mechanical mining in waterways was seen as an impossibility by miners, especially in the Western US. The few dredges that had been tried at various locations were generally built on designs similar to those that had been used in harbor excavation work, but it was found that they were...
San Diego County, California, has long been considered the finest source of pink tourmaline in the world. The Pala, Mesa Grande, Rincon, and Ramona districts in the northern portion of the county have produced tourmaline, kunzite, and other gems in great quantities, much of it jewelry and museum-quality specimens.
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