October 2016 Review

Over the month of October, the total number of mining claims on public land overseen by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) dropped by 165 claims. This is due to a low number of claims staked in the month—down 93% compared to October 2015—as well as a high number of abandoned claims—up 321% compared to…

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Copper Queen Mine

Bisbee, Arizona is built along the side of the Mule Mountains.  Houses cover the slope from the valley floor nearly to the peak.  The roads through Bisbee are narrow, steep, and aging.  Many of the highest houses are only accessible by stairs.  This was a town established not out of convenience, but out of opportunity.  In…

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September 2016 Review

Mining claim activity on public land overseen by the Bureau of Land Management was relatively slow and small but positive over the month of September. While the number of mining claims staked in September 2016 was 80% less than the number staked in September 2015, it remained a positive trend given the 1,416 staked claims…

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Granite Mountain Memorial

Perched on an overlook above the historic mining town of Butte, Montana, are the commemorative bricks and engraved plaques of the Granite Mountain Memorial. It pays tribute to the survivors of hard rock mining’s greatest disaster: the Granite Mountain-Speculator Fire of June 8, 1917. The 168 men lost in the fire along with 2,500 Butte men lost from mining related causes between 1879 and 1983 are commemorated at this grand and educational outlook.

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Gold Rush 2015 Season 6 Mining Claim Locations

This is part six of a series about the mines featured in the Gold Rush TV show. We suggest starting from the beginning of this series. Season 6 of Gold Rush was a season of familiar settings but raised stakes.  All the teams returned to last season’s diggings but with new, ambitions goals. McKinnon Creek…

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Gold Rush 2014 Season 5 Mining Claim Locations

This is part five of a series about the mines featured in the Gold Rush TV show. We suggest starting from the beginning of this series. Activity returns to the frozen north in Gold Rush Season 5.  The Hoffmans return to the Yukon at McKinnon Creek.  Parker Schnabel returned to Scribner Creek Mine for a second season….

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Leadville Heritage Museum and Gallery

Sitting in the heart of historic Leadville, Colorado, the Heritage Museum and Gallery pays homage to the history of the 1880s silver boomtown. The museum is housed in Leadville’s first library built in 1904 with funds from Andrew Carnegie. The library became host to the museum in 1971 when it was acquired by the Lake County Civic Center Association

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Gold Rush 2012 Season 3 Mining Claim Locations

This is part three of a series about the mines featured in the Gold Rush TV show. We suggest starting from the beginning of this series. Season 3 of Gold Rush returned with familiar faces and mostly familiar locations. The Hoffman crew, Dakota Fred crew, and Parker Schnabel crew all returned to continue mining on…

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