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Steve Herschbach

History Of Placer Mining In Nevada

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 I fully expect you to write a glorious addendum to that article by the end of this coming summer.

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How did these dredging operations work exactly? I thought Nevada was all desert pretty much and no water for bucket line dredges?

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That Nevada has no water would be a misperception on your part Tom. I live in Reno and we have a beautiful river running through the middle of the town. The Manhattan dredge was a very large floating bucket line dredge. There is an excellent picture of it at http://yankee-nevadan.weebly.com/manhattan-nevada.html

http://www.kecnv.com/InterpretiveWorks/ManhattanGulchMarker.pdf

http://www.kecnv.com/InterpretiveWorks/DredgeFlipBook/files/mobile/index.html#1

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Updated original post to add production notes, summary, and improved graphic illustrating gold production. Links added to cited references.

Just a comment. I find these reports that talk about gold produced up to 1970 to be somewhat more realistic for my purposes than reports incorporating later production data. Most new reports include production from modern mining that goes after the type of gold I can't find with a gold pan and metal detector. These old reports focus more on the older, richer deposits that are of more interest to the individual prospector. They also tend to be written more for the layman - the new reports like to show off the college educations of the writers. That said, these older reports all cut off between 1960 and 1970 and do not include the latest data.

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another good read.

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