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Rock-Boring with Diamonds

Posted July 20, 2009 in Mining Equipment & Machinery
This article was originally published in Manufacturer and Builder Magazine March of 1870. Excerpt: WHEN, a few years ago, the writer of this article found in the French journals an account of a new application of the diamond, namely, for boring rocks, and gave to an American newspaper a translation of it, which went the rounds of the whole press of the United States, the story was disbelieved by many, and was thought absurd and extravagant. It was indeed known that glaziers use diamonds to cut glass, and that engravers on glass and precious stones employ them; but to use diamonds to bore in common rock, instead of the usual large steel punches and drills, was supposed by some to be the height of foolishness.

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Gold Districts of California

Posted July 16, 2009 in Gold Mining
California has been the source of more than 106 million troy ounces of gold, the most productive state in the Union. This digitized publication by the California Division of Mines & Geology contains information on approximately 350 gold mining districts.

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Distribution of Principal Gold Producing Districts of the United States

Posted July 16, 2009 in Gold Mining
This is part two of a series of articles from the Book "Principal Gold-Producing Districts of the United States" published by the USGS.

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1906 San Francisco Earthquake

Posted July 16, 2009 in Related Events
While this is not exactly mining history, I thought that this event was an important enough event in the general history of the West that it deserved a section on this site. San Francisco was the center of finance and industry for many of the western mining frontiers, so this section is actually appropriate to the theme of this site.

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Historic Gold Production

Posted July 16, 2009 in Gold Mining
The sources of data for the gold worksheet are the mineral statistics publications of the U.S. Bureau of Mines (USBM) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)—Minerals Yearbook (MYB) and its predecessor, Mineral Resources of the United States (MR); and Mineral Commodity Summaries (MCS) and its predecessor, Commodity Data Summaries (CDS)

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H.A.W. Tabor

Posted July 16, 2009 in History of Mining
Horace Austin Warner Tabor (November 26, 1830 - April 10, 1899), also known as Silver Dollar Tabor and The Bonanza King of Leadville, was an American prospector, businessman, and politician born in Holland, Vermont to Cornelius Dunham Tabor and Sarah Ferrin.

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Two Montana Cities Part II Butte

Posted July 16, 2009 in Mining Camps & Cities
The very activity of Butte is sometimes wearisome. It never ceases. By day and night the tall chimneys at the mills are pouring forth there smoke sand flame; the stress at all hours of thr day and night are filled with moving throngs.

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Principal Gold Producing Districts of the United States

Posted July 16, 2009 in Gold Mining
This is part one of a series of articles from the Book "Principal Gold-Producing Districts of the United States" published by the USGS.

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The Legacy of the Bunker Hill Mine

Posted July 16, 2009 in Mining Labor History
Deep within the mountains of the panhandle of Idaho is a valley that white people named Silver. This valley is the heart of what became known as the Coeur d'Alene Mining District.

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Two Montana Cities Part I Helena

Posted July 16, 2009 in Mining Camps & Cities
The territory of Montana is in itself an empire. It was given Territorial rights in 1864, and since then has increases rapidly both in wealth and population. Fabulously rich in mines, already having an annual output of nearly $26,000,000, it is famous for it's vast areas of grazing land and becoming widely known as an agricultural country.

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A mine is a hole in the ground, owned by a liar.
-Mark Twain

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