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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 Eighties till its death within the early Sixties. Idaho was once the nation’s fourth-leading manufacturer of dredged gold after 1910 and consequently presents a good lens in which to watch the perform and heritage of gold dredging.

Author Clark Spence specializes in the 2 most crucial varieties 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 atmosphere. those dredges made it attainable to paintings flooring formerly deemed untouchable simply because bedrock the place gold amassed may perhaps 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 checklist of Idaho’s dredging heritage for the 1st time, this e-book is an important contribution to the information and realizing of Western mining, its know-how, and its total improvement as a huge of the 20 th century.

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