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Lost Burro Mine – Death Valley

The Lost Burro Mine is located in Inyo County California, within the boundaries of Death Valley National Park. It is recorded in the USGS MRDS database as records 10036121 and 10236489. The mine was discovered in 1907 and was worked intermittently by several owners until the 1970s. The National Park Service has provided a report  Continue Reading

The Colorado Gold Rush

The Colorado Gold Rush, originally known as the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, started in 1858 and was the second largest mining excitement in United States history after the great California Gold Rush a decade earlier. Over 100,000 people participated in this rush and were known as “Fifty-Niners”, a reference to 1859, the year the rush  Continue Reading

Featured Mining Town: Silverton, Colorado

Featured Mining Town: Silverton, Colorado

Silverton, Colorado is one of the West's most important, and most authentic historic mining towns. It is also one of the most isolated, located in the most mountainous county in the United States.  Continue Reading

Where to Find Gold in Idaho

WMH Gold Maps for Google Earth Pro are designed to locate areas with high potential for finding placer gold. A core feature of these maps is the highlighting of townships that contain both active placer mining claims and historical gold mines. The screenshot below is from the Idaho Gold Map and shows gold-bearing PLSS townships  Continue Reading

A Collection of Arizona Mining Photos

Arizona of the 1800’s was a state defined by harsh desert topography, rugged remoteness, fierce indians determined to defend their homes from outsiders, and a certain degree of frontier lawlessness. These factors contributed to Arizona getting a later start in the Western mining booms than some of the other states. Arizona remained a territory until  Continue Reading

Featured Mining Town: Columbia, California

Featured Mining Town: Columbia, California

Columbia, California was one of California's richest placer gold districts. Much of the substantial town center that was built in the late 1850s is preserved today as part of Columbia State Historic Park.  Continue Reading