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City Stands Above Acres of Fire (1909)

When the Berkley mine broke out afire the other day in Butte, Montana, sending five hundred men to the surface and suspending operations for a month in one of the biggest producers of the greatest mining camp on earth -- the camp that gives to the world's market one-fourth of its copper production -- the sight of the flames and smoke didn't cause as much as a ripple of excitement on the surface of the busy population at the foot of the hill, for Butte is accustomed to a mine fire that is perpetual and which burns with intense heat in the ground under her very business district.

The Spenceville Copper Mine

The Spenceville Copper Mine, located in Spenceville, Nevada Co., California, operated between 1863 and 1918. In its day, it was considered one of the most long-lived copper mines in the state.

Gold Districts of California

California has been the source of more than 106 million troy ounces of gold, the most productive state in the Union. This digitized publication by the California Division of Mines & Geology contains information on approximately 350 gold mining districts.

Distribution of Principal Gold Producing Districts of the United States

This is part two of a series of articles from the Book "Principal Gold-Producing Districts of the United States" published by the USGS.

Historic Gold Production

The sources of data for the gold worksheet are the mineral statistics publications of the U.S. Bureau of Mines (USBM) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)—Minerals Yearbook (MYB) and its predecessor, Mineral Resources of the United States (MR); and Mineral Commodity Summaries (MCS) and its predecessor, Commodity Data Summaries (CDS)

Two Montana Cities Part II Butte

The very activity of Butte is sometimes wearisome. It never ceases. By day and night the tall chimneys at the mills are pouring forth there smoke sand flame; the stress at all hours of thr day and night are filled with moving throngs.

Principal Gold Producing Districts of the United States

This is part one of a series of articles from the Book "Principal Gold-Producing Districts of the United States" published by the USGS.

The Legacy of the Bunker Hill Mine

Deep within the mountains of the panhandle of Idaho is a valley that white people named Silver. This valley is the heart of what became known as the Coeur d'Alene Mining District.

Two Montana Cities Part I Helena

The territory of Montana is in itself an empire. It was given Territorial rights in 1864, and since then has increases rapidly both in wealth and population. Fabulously rich in mines, already having an annual output of nearly $26,000,000, it is famous for it's vast areas of grazing land and becoming widely known as an agricultural country.

The Colorado Silver Boom

The Colorado Silver Boom was a dramatic expansionist period of silver mining activity in the U.S. state of Colorado in the late 19th century.