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By Ronald H. Limbaugh

ISBN-10: 0874175461

ISBN-13: 9780874175462

Such a lot histories of the California mom Lode have concerned about the mines round the American and Yuba Rivers. even if, the Southern Mines - these based round Calaveras County within the significant Sierra - have been additionally of value within the improvement of California's mineral wealth. Calaveras Gold bargains a close and meticulously researched historical past of mining and its fiscal influence during this quarter from the 1st discoveries within the 1840s until eventually the current. Mining in Calaveras County coated the total spectrum of know-how from the earliest placer efforts via float and hydraulic mining to complicated hard-rock business mining. Subsidiary industries corresponding to agriculture, transportation, lumbering, and water offer, in addition to a posh social and political constitution, constructed round the mines. The authors study the jobs of race, gender, and sophistication during this frontier society; the iteration and distribution of capital; and the effect of the mines at the improvement of political and cultural associations. additionally they examine the impression of mining at the local American inhabitants, the realities of day by day lifestyles within the mining camps, the advance of agriculture and trade, the occurrenc

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Within a year, a sizable Hispanic community had risen on the hill above the gulch, including a number of Chileans and Mexicans driven out of the richer mines farther north. 34 In October of that year, a party of Iowans staked claims on the main gulch and built winter cabins on the North Fork just below the confluence of Murray Creek. ’’ The average daily take was between eight and sixteen dollars, but Hovey’s claim was so poor he soon relocated near Double Springs. 35 By the fall of , when eighteen-year-old Lucius Fairchild arrived with a company of Wisconsin gold diggers, surface gravels in and around San Andreas had been nearly worked out.

A few quartz leads began at the surface but pinched out within a hundred feet.

A brief revival in the s was short-lived. *** The Gold Rush in Calaveras County and other parts of the Mother Lode was a haphazard affair mostly by raw amateurs with little knowledge of geology and no mining experience. Using tools that had changed little from Roman times, they shoveled, gouged, and creviced in gulches, stream banks, and bars, looking for shiny ‘‘nuggets’’ of a mineral most had never seen in its native state. The most likely result of these crude conditions and limited knowledge for many miners was failure, or at least very meager returns, and more than a small amount of discouragement.

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