The Mines of the West

The Mines of the West

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...further to the west which would pass down the South Snake river from the bend to its mouth, and thence turning northerly cross the divide at the head of Red Rock creek, and follow down the Beaver Head below the mouth of Black Tail Deer creek, thence cross over to the Wisdom or Big Hole river, (there are no mountains in the way, ) cross the Rocky mountains at the low and open Deer Lodge pass, and proceed down the Deer Lodge river to the Hellgate, the probable location of the prospective Northern Pacific railroad. The most difficult portion of the route would be down the South Snake river, which, like the main Snake river, abounds in basaltic precipices. The Rocky mountains, in consequence of a remarkable turn which they make, would have to be passed twice, but both passes are wide and open, and neither are over 100 feet in altitude. Timber and water abound on this route. W. W. DE LACY. Professor A. K. Eaton. CHAPTER XIV. PLACER MINES. Bannack Placers.--The first placers successfully worked in the territory were those of Bannack, discovered in the summer of 1862. The yield was at first large and the gold of high grade, but owing to want of capital, only those portions of the gulch were worked that did not involve any considerable expenditure. The discovery of Alder gulch: n July of the following year, immediately attracted most of the miners to that point, so that by the spring of 1864 Bannack was almost entirely deserted by the active placer mining portion of its population. In 1866 it again began to show signs of activity, and has been steadily increasing its productions since. The completion of a long ditch by Smith & Graeter, bringing the waters of the Horsfc Prairie creek into the gulch, has been the principal occasion of an increase in the...show more

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  • Paperback | 138 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 259g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236502310
  • 9781236502315