Clark C. Spence's A History of Gold Dredging in Idaho (Mining the American PDF

By Clark C. Spence

ISBN-10: 1607324741

ISBN-13: 9781607324744

A heritage of Gold Dredging in Idaho tells the tale of a revolution in placer mining—and its next impression at the nation of Idaho—from its inception within the early Eighteen Eighties till its death within the early Sixties. Idaho used to be the nation’s fourth-leading manufacturer of dredged gold after 1910 and accordingly offers a very good lens wherein to monitor the perform and heritage of gold dredging.

Author Clark Spence makes a speciality of the 2 most vital different types of dredges within the state—the bucket-line dredge and the dragline dredge—and describes their financing, operation, difficulties, and impact at the country and surroundings. those dredges made it attainable to paintings flooring formerly deemed untouchable simply because bedrock the place gold accrued may well now be reached. yet they have been additionally hugely harmful to the surroundings. As those large machines floated alongside, they dumped particles that harmed the streams and destroyed flora and fauna habitat, finally prompting nation laws and federal recovery of a few of the state’s crippled waterways.

Providing a list of Idaho’s dredging heritage for the 1st time, this ebook is an important contribution to the information and realizing of Western mining, its know-how, and its total improvement as an important of the 20th century.

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