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Shorty Harris was the Death Valley region's most famous prospector. He discovered the Bullfrog mine that started the great rush to Rhyolite around 1905. Despite his success as a prospector, he never became wealthy, and preferred the simple life of a desert prospector. Continue Reading
The rugged individuals that opened the frontier West were prospecting, mining, and attempting to survive in what was a vast wilderness at the time. Many of the basics of survival had to be sourced directly from the miner’s immediate surroundings, and shelter was one of the first necessities of life that had to be addressed. Continue Reading
Modern software is capable of adding color to historic photos with a decent amount of accuracy. While the quality of the colorized images varies, and sometimes the colors clearly miss the mark, often the results are downright stunning. The following images are some of the best colorized photos of historic western mining scenes. Included are Continue Reading
Text By Gary Carter Photos sourced by Western Mining History from various archives. Author’s note: this is a short synopsis of early stagecoach activity in the far west. Please note that different sources may provide slightly varying numbers when describing coaches, men, way stations and animals used. The readers are directed to the bibliography for Continue Reading
Colorado is characterized by the most rugged and mountainous terrain of any state in the US, and those mountains were rich in minerals waiting to be discovered by prospectors as far back as 1858. Development of mines in Colorado was slow at first due to the extremes of terrain and weather, and the remoteness of Continue Reading
Skidoo, California was one of Death Valley's longest lasting towns, surviving for around ten years. Nothing is left of the town today, but the remains of the Skidoo mill make the site a worthwhile spot to visit while at the park. Continue Reading