A History of Gold Dredging in Idaho (Mining the American by Clark C. Spence

By Clark C. Spence

A historical past of Gold Dredging in Idaho tells the tale of a revolution in placer mining—and its next impression at the kingdom of Idaho—from its inception within the early Eighteen Eighties until eventually its loss of life within the early Sixties. Idaho used to be the nation’s fourth-leading manufacturer of dredged gold after 1910 and as a result offers a good lens wherein to monitor the perform and historical past of gold dredging.

Author Clark Spence specializes in the 2 most vital forms of dredges within the state—the bucket-line dredge and the dragline dredge—and describes their financing, operation, difficulties, and impression at the kingdom and atmosphere. those dredges made it attainable to paintings floor formerly deemed untouchable simply because bedrock the place gold accumulated may possibly 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 natural world habitat, finally prompting kingdom laws and federal recovery of a few of the state’s crippled waterways.

Providing a checklist of Idaho’s dredging historical past for the 1st time, this publication is an important contribution to the data and figuring out of Western mining, its know-how, and its total improvement as an important of the 20th century.

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