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The Ophir Mine (Virginia City, Nevada) (1876 Engineering and Mining Journal)

Summary of the Ophir mine annual report details the destruction of the devastating 1875 fire, and discusses the great effort that went into rebuilding the mine infrastructure.

The Georgetown Route to Leadville (1879 Newspaper)

Description of the road conditions and stage coach travel from Georgetown to Leadville in 1879. The article contains a fascinating description of early Kokomo.

Jackson the Prospector (1859 Newspaper)

Article details George Andrew Jackson's discovery of gold at the site that would become Idaho Springs, considered the first significant gold strike during the Colorado gold rush.

Central Idaho - A Rugged Mining Region (1922 Engineering and Mining Journal)

EM&J article describes the difficulty and remoteness of the mining regions of Central Idaho.

Burro Steaks Now on Menu at Panamint Famous Ghost City (1917 Newspaper)

San Bernardino Sun: Ghosts of a phantom city are to revive the fame of the once great camp of Panamint, known for a third of a century only in the memory of the men who were there and in later years in Charles E. Van Loan’s “Parson of Panamint.”

The Stukey Party From Goldfield (1905 Newspaper)

The John Stukey party, consisting of John Stukey, C. W. McGrew, H. L. Hanson and D. C. Locke, of Goldfield, arrived in Ballarat a few days ago, having come overland by way of Bullfrog......

Wealth in Wonder District (1907 Newspaper)

GOLDFIELD, Nev., March 16.— Browned as a berry from the sunburn and wind, J H. Macmiijan of the J. H. Macmlllan company, incorporaterd, returned during the week from a trip by automobile into Fairview, Wonder and Manhattan, where he was on a three weeks' tour of inspection of his various mining interests.

Stewart Reduction Works (1875 Newspaper)

Newspaper articles from 1869-1875 describe the design and operation of Georgetown's pioneering Stewart ore reduction mill. Of particular interest here is the text of a speech by J. O. Stewart to his fellow Georgetown citizens, a rare first hand account of an early and important Colorado mining man.

Metal Mining Districts of Colorado (Book)

Colorado metal mining district maps and descriptions compiled by the Colorado Geological Survey.

Idaho Mining Districts

Idaho mining district descriptions from the 1941 publication The Metal and Coal Mining Districts of Idaho by the Idaho Bureau of Mining and Geology

Washington State Mining Districts - Compiled Reports

Mining district descriptions from the 1943 publication Inventory of Mineral Properties in Chelan County, Washington by the Washington Department of Conservation and Development

The Mines and Minerals of Leadville

The Colorado Mining Directory of 1883 called Leadville the “natural successor to Australia and California.” In the century since that statement was made, interest has never waned and production has never entirely ceased. Not only valuable ore but also fine mineral specimens have been recovered and preserved from many of the nearly 2000 mines in the Leadville area.

Mining Districts of Nevada

This collection of over 475 mining districts in the state of Nevada was compiled from reports by the Nevada Bureau of Mines and the USGS.

Placer Gold Deposits of Arizona

Eighty-seven placer districts in Arizona are estimated to have produced a minimum of 564,052 ounces of placer gold from 1774 to 1968. The location, areal extent, past production, mining history, and probable lode source summarized for each district are based on information obtained from a wide variety of published reports relating to placer deposits. Annotated references to all reports that contain information about individual deposits are given for each district.

The Discovery of Gold in California

The California gold rush of 1849 has the distinction of being the first modern international gold rush. It is lesser known that gold had been discovered in California prior to the great rush. This article explores both the first significant gold discoveries in California, and the events surrounding James Marshall`s discovery of gold in 1848.

Mine Locations of the Chilson Brothers

From the May 15 1926 Arizona Mining Journal - the authentic history of the mining activities of the Chilson brothers who were active in the locating and developing of Arizona’s mineral resources.

History of Arizona Gold Mining

Gold mining in Arizona did not start to any appreciable extent until after the acquisition of the territory by the United States from Mexico in 1848 and 1853.

The Gold Cañon Placer Mining Colony

Gold dust was discovered in the Carson Valley as early as 1848 by Mormons traveling to the gold fields of California. However, with seemingly better prospects on the other side of the Sierras, and with supplies dwindling after the long desert crossing from Salt Lake City, nobody stayed to work these placers until at least 1850. By 1851 a small and remote mining colony had formed and was known as the "Gold Cañon Placer Mining Colony", located roughly where the town of Dayton still is today.

Silver Lake Basin: A Mining Chronicle

Silver Lake, which early settlers called Arrastra Lake, lies in a basin at the head of Arrastra Creek, four miles southeast of Silverton, Colorado, near the center of the Las Animas Mining District, in what was then part of La Plata County. Silver Lake Basin was one of the West's most isolated and difficult to access districts. This article explores the incredible feats of transport and engineering were required to make the mines of Silver Lake successful.

History and Settlements of the Blue Mountains Gold Belt, Oregon 1900 (1900 USGS)

While the gold fields in the southwestern part of Oregon were discovered about 1852, those of the Blue Mountains remained unknown until about ten years later......