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A Peep At Washoe - Second Paper
(1861 Harper's New Monthly Magazine)
In Paper Two of "A Peep At Washoe", the author describes the chaos and hardship endured by residents of Virginia City in 1860.
Map of the Overland Route to the Boise and Owyhee Mines
This 1863 map and accompanying article describe the overland routes to the Boise Basin and Owyhee mining regions of Idaho.
A Mammoth Meteor Falls Near Candelaria, Nevada
1894 article describes a significant meteor impact near the mining towns of Candelaria and Belleville in Nevada.
The Ward Mining District
This promotional pamphlet was handed out to passengers of the Union Pacific, Denver & Gulf Railway in the 1890s to promote the Ward, Colorado mining district: "should any investors have their attention drawn to this area by the claims of special properties, they can be assured, whatever may be the result of their particular investigation, that they are entering an area full of promise and of prospective returns"
A Peep At Washoe - First Paper
(1860 Harper's New Monthly Magazine)
In Paper One of "A Peep At Washoe", the author describes the mood in California as yet another great mining excitement sweeps the state. The article is comical in tone, yet contains many interesting details related to the rush to the newly discovered Comstock mines.
From Express Rider to the Superior Bench
Article from the February 17, 1907 edition of the Sacramento Union details some of the dramatic events one Canyon City, Oregon pioneer lived through while traveling the region in the 1860s.
The Deserts of Nevada and the Death Valley
(1907 Scientific American)
A USGS mapping team visits the desert region of southwest Nevada and Death Valley, includes interesting details on some of the mining camps in the area.
Oregon's Mother Lode Quicksilver Mine
Central Oregon has many historical mercury (quicksilver) mines, but the Mother Lode mine is notable both because it was one of the larger producers, and because it is the site of a relatively intact and modern furnace that was used to process the ore into vials of mercury.
"Fooled the Robbers" - an Incident of the Days of Stagecoach Holdups
The Trick by Which the Old Time Mining Man of Colorado Saved Himself and Sacrificed His Fellow Travelers
He Wanted A Grand Funeral
"The sun was shrinking behind the snowy peaks of the Rockies, gilding their glittering tops with rosy light, as poor Dave York was borne by the boys to his cabin. He had been terribly hurt by a blast in the mine."
A Mining Camp Without a Peer (Bingham, Utah)
(1915 Scientific American)
"A million cubic yards means nothing to the ordinary man, but if it was loaded onto a string of heavy ore cars you would count 40,000 before the string had passed, and they would, coupled, occupy 380 miles of track. The yearly load would fill a train extending for 19,000 miles, three fourths of the journey round the equator."
The Career of a Mining Engineeer
(1914 Scientific American)
"In this profession the conditions in the various mining districts of the world are different and probably more varied than are met with by the men in any other engineering profession."
The Montana & Denver Reduction Company's Mill at Bearmouth, Montana
(1900 Engineering and Mining Journal)
"Mr. A. B. Browne, who was general manager for the Mammoth Company at the time of its shutdown, realized the conditions of these two districts and saw the needs and advantages of a custom mill to treat the ores of this region. A mill located at the foot of the hills on which the mines are located would draw ores from a circle of 10 to 15 miles radius."
The Greatest Fire in a Mine
Ths 1895 article recounts a devastating 1869 mine fire at Virginia City, Nevada: "The damage caused by the great fire was never fully repaired. Some of the closed galleries were never reopened and a number of bodies, if not consumed in the furnace, remain at this day in the crypts where the miners were entombed by the fallen roofs of the galleries."
Taming of Sam Brown
"He was a strapping six-footer, toughened by a life of exposure and peril. He reveled in an atmosphere of reckless debauchery. He was at one time the creature and the creator of the uncurbed license of the early camp. It flattered his vanity to be hailed as a gang leader, foremost of the toughs in the foremost mining camp."
The Gould & Curry Mill
"The extraordinary mill of the Gould & Curry Company was, however, the most conspicuous monument of inexperience and extravagance ever erected in a mining district."
Underground Scenic Trip in the World's Greatest Gold Camp
This 1905 brochure from the Cripple Creek Excursion Company promises "The only trip of its kind in the world - A visit to Cripple Creek is not complete without it." Article includes images of all eight pages of the brochure.
Story of the Drumlummon Mine
"For many years nearly every resident of the great northwest, together with those of the money centers of the commercial world, have been familiar with the name of the once colossal and fabulously rich gold-bearing quartz mine known as the Drumlummon. It was a remarkable property, and was fashioned by nature upon a heroic scale; heroic in its extent, heroic in its volume of ore, heroic in the wealth of its output, and heroic in its far-reaching effects upon the quartz mining industry of Montana and of contiguous states."
The Fulton Foundry of Virginia City
History and photos of the Fulton Foundry of Virginia City, Nevada. This famous foundry was responsible for some of the largest castings ever made in the West.
A Mine Worth Millions in Gold, Silver, and Copper (Freeland, Colorado)
"Together with Mr. George G. Vivian, assistant superintendent, and Mr. Jack Proutt, foreman of the entire Freeland mine, we shall this week take our readers through the various underground workings, the hoisting works and the concentrator."