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Charles and Rose Burcham

Charles Austin Burcham, a former cattleman and owner of a meat market in San Bernardino, was grubstaked in a 2-year prospecting venture by his wife, Rose LaMonte Burcham, a medical doctor in the town. After unsuccessfully working the dry placers at Summit Diggings, San Bernardino County, the Burchams and partners John Singleton and Frederic M. Mooers in 1895 filed claims that would become the productive Yellow Aster Mine, in Randsburg. The Burchams are examples of individuals who found the lure of gold irresistible, risking successful and established businesses to seek a fortune in mining. Only a few were successful.

Rose Burcham approx. 1910
Rose Burcham - 1910


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