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By Clark C. Spence

A heritage of Gold Dredging in Idaho tells the tale of a revolution in placer mining—and its next influence at the kingdom of Idaho—from its inception within the early Eighteen Eighties until eventually its death within the early Nineteen Sixties. Idaho was once the nation’s fourth-leading manufacturer of dredged gold after 1910 and accordingly offers an outstanding lens by which to monitor the perform and background of gold dredging.

Author Clark Spence makes a speciality of the 2 most crucial kinds of dredges within the state—the bucket-line dredge and the dragline dredge—and describes their financing, operation, difficulties, and impact at the nation and surroundings. those dredges made it attainable to paintings flooring formerly deemed untouchable simply because bedrock the place gold gathered 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, ultimately prompting nation rules and federal recovery of a few of the state’s crippled waterways.

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

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