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Here, for the first time, is a clear account in words and pictures of the methods by which gold and silver were extracted and processed in the Old West. The author describes the early days of Spanish and Indian mining and the wild era inaugurated by the American prospector who rushed west to get rich quick, ending with the year 1893, when repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act virtually closed the mining frontier.

The account gives in laymens language the techniques employed in prospecting, placering, lode mining, and milling, particularly those employed by the Spaniards, Indians, and Cornishmen, and shows how the ever-practical Americans adapted and improved them. Special attention is given to the methods employed in the California and Montana gold fields, Colorado and the Comstock Lode, the Black Hills, and Tombstone, Arizona. In these pages the reader also meets some of the unforgettable personalities whose lives enriched (and sometimes impoverished) the mining camps.

About the Author

Otis E. Young, Jr., a native of Indiana, received the Ph.D. degree from Indiana University. He is Professor of History in Arizona State University, Tempe. In addition to Black Powder and Hand Steel and Western Mining, he is the author of several books and articles on western history.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806113524
Author:
Young, Otis
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Author:
Young, Otis
Author:
Young, Otis E.
Author:
Lenon, Robert
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mines and mineral resources
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
Mining
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
19770631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 bandw illus., 82 figures, 1 map
Pages:
358
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 x 0.7 in 0.91 lb

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