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Heavy Freight Wagons of the American West

By Gary Carter Author`s Note Twelve billion tons of freight were transported by truck in the United States last year. The skilled drivers have CB contact, radio, headphones, paved roads, power steering, sleeper cabs, and comfortable seats. Truck stops provide food, showers, and fuel. One of the least appreciated but important jobs during the era  Continue Reading

Featured Mining Town: Aurora, Nevada

Featured Mining Town: Aurora, Nevada

Aurora, Nevada is one of the West's most historically significant mining towns. Aurora is where a young Samuel Clemens tried his hand at mining. Clemens failed as a miner, but the letters he wrote in his dirt-floored cabin got him a job at a Virginia City newspaper, where he wrote under the name Mark Twain. Twain would go on to be one of the world's most famous figures.   Continue Reading

Featured Mining Town: Tombstone, Arizona

Featured Mining Town: Tombstone, Arizona

Tombstone, Arizona is best known for the Earp brothers, Doc Holliday, and the gunfight at the OK Corral. While most people probably know that Tombstone was a mining town, the fact that it was one of the West's largest silver bonanza's has been overshadowed by the famous events surrounding the legendary gun battle.  Continue Reading

Where to Find Gold in Oregon

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 Oregon Gold Map and shows gold-bearing PLSS townships,  Continue Reading

Featured Mining Town: Crested Butte, Colorado

Featured Mining Town: Crested Butte, Colorado

Crested Butte, Colorado was an active coal mining town for over seven decades. Thew last mine closed in the 1950s, but the town has since transitioned into a popular tourist destination.  Continue Reading

Introducing the Nevada Mining Atlas

The WMH Nevada Mining Atlas is designed for use with Google Earth Pro. Included are over 450 metallic mining district location polygons (compiled by the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology), divided into views by mined commodity. The package also includes mine locations from the USGS MRDS database, divided into views by primary commodity value.  Continue Reading