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I am interested in any information anybody has about the discovery of gold in White Pine County, Nevada in the Osceola district, in the area around Dry Gulch and so forth.  I have seen general information about it, but does anyone know of source material which talks about the first people who discovered gold there and what they did? 

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I am looking for reports about the origins of placer mining in the Osceola district of White Pine County, Nevada.  I have seen general accounts, which always start with referring to unusually large nuggets being found early on in the 1870s...but I have not seen anything which names names, talks about the first prospectors on the scene.  Any leads would be greatly appreciated!

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Sounds like a great place to detect.... but, there are probably a ton of active claims there??

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Thanks, yes, it appears that the placer mining started with John Versan.  So far, I cannot find anything else about him except his name, although I did find a cite which talks about how he eventually sold his claims: 

" The placer fields, which put Osceola on the map, were discovered by John Versan in early 1877. Versan sold his holdings to a newly formed company, the Osceola Gravel Mining Company, later renamed the Osceola Placer Mining Company" 

http://www.nevadadventures.com/ghost%20towns/whitepineco/osceloa/osceloamain.html

 But thereafter the trail goes cold...

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31 minutes ago, LipCa said:

Sounds like a great place to detect.... but, there are probably a ton of active claims there??

Both active and patented.

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If I was researching osceola I'd contact Jim Straight.  I believe he had some family adventures out there  in the 30s

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