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Mojave River Valley Museum
Mining History in the Mojave Desert
An Overview of Mining in the California Desert
Larry Vredenburgh : Old Ores
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. ...
Shortly after the scattered survivors of the “short cut” arrived in the
gold country, a man named Turner ...
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 ...