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Mining History in the Mojave Desert

An Overview of Mining in the California Desert

Larry Vredenburgh : Old Ores

Placer Gold

Placer gold, eroded from its host rock and deposited as nuggets or flakes in stream-bed gravel, provided the first non-native American mineral production in California. ...

Scattered Survivors

Shortly after the scattered survivors of the “short cut” arrived in the gold country, a man named Turner ...

Another Try

Fueled by the Lost Gunsight Mine story, prospectors began to scour the Death Valley region. ...

Deserted and Hostile

As mining capital dried up in the mid-1860s, most of the mines within the California desert region were deserted. An outbreak of Indian hostilities at ...

Silver as King

The significant output of silver during this time was influenced by events that were transpiring far away in Washington D.C. Silver was a relatively scarce commodity prior to ...

Bodie, an Exception

Bodie, one of the premier gold mines in the region, was an exception to predominance of silver mining during the 1870s and 1880s. Rich gold was discovered in the ...

The Southern Pacific

The Southern Pacific began construction at Mojave in February 1882 of a new line to Needles, on the Colorado River. The destination was reached April 19, 1883. At the same time ...

Just a Year Earlier

Just a year earlier, in 1913, John Suckow, drilling for water on his homestead claim, at a depth of 40 feet discovered the largest borax deposit in the world, scarcely three miles north of the ...

At about the same Time

At about the same time, the widespread copper-stained volcanic rocks of the Greenwater Range, east of Death Valley, convinced many that a literal mountain of copper ...

Pittman Silver Act

In April, 1918 Congress passed the Pittman Silver Act. Under provisions of this law the United States purchased about $260 million dollars worth of silver at ...

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