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MINERS AND MINING

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The Miner's Ten Commandments

The Miner's Ten Commandments. Wood engraving, 1853.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-8113

Representation of the dream of a prospecting miner

Representation of the dream of a prospecting miner. Wood engraving in Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion, Jan. 29, 1853.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-864

California gold diggers. A scene from actual life in the mines

California gold diggers. A scene from actual life in the mines. Wood engraving in Ballou's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion, May 3, 1856.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-740

Faro

Faro. Wood engraving in Harper's Weekly, Oct. 3, 1857.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-5357

Housekeeping

Housekeeping. Wood engraving in Harper's Weekly, Oct. 3, 1857.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-5359

Lady's Chain (Miners' Dance)

"Lady's Chain." (Miners' Dance). Wood engraving in Harper's Weekly, Oct. 3, 1857.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-719

Camping on the plains

Camping on the plains. Wood engraving in Parker & Huyett, The illustrated miners' handbook and guide to Pike's Peak, with a new and reliable map, 1859.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-5347

Gregory gold diggings, Colorado, May, 1859

Gregory gold diggings, Colorado, May, 1859. Wood engraving in Albert D. Richardson, Beyond the Mississippi, 1867.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-2099

How we get gold in California

How we get gold in California: 1. Flutter-wheel on the Tuolumne. 2. Helvetia quartz mill, Grass Valley. 3. Cradle rocking, on the Stanislaus. 4. Quicksilver machine, in Mormon Gulch. (4 individual scenes). Wood engr's. in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, April, 1860.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-723

Gulch mining, Colorado Gulch

Gulch mining, Colorado Gulch. Spanish Arastra, on Clear Creek. The stamp process, Mr. Sensenderfer's mill. Shaft or lode mining, interior of No. 1, of the Gregory, the Black Hawk Co's mine. (4 separate views). Lithograph by Julius Bien in Alfred E. Mathews, Pencil sketches of Colorado, 1866.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-5348

The Keith process. Hope Gold Company's Works

The Keith process. Hope Gold Company's Works. [1] The ore breaking room - Blake's ore breaker. [2] The furnace. [3] The ore pit, or drying room. [4] Amalgamating room. (4 scenes). Lithograph by J. Bien in Alfred E. Mathews, Pencil sketches of Colorado, 1866.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-5497

The smelting process

The smelting process. James F. Lyon & Co's, smelting works. [1] Ore dressing room - the buddle and jiggs. [2] Reverberatory furnace. [3] Cupel furnace. [4] Scotch hearths. (4 scenes). Lithograph by J. Bien in Alfred E. Mathews, Pencil sketches of Colorado, 1866.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-5498

Placer mining. Panning out

Placer mining. Panning out. Photograph by Lawrence & Houseworth, 1866.
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-5440

Gold mining in California

Gold mining in California. Lithograph by Currier & Ives, 1871.
Reproduction number: LC-USZC2-1755 (color film copy slide)

Mining on the Comstock

Mining on the Comstock. Lithograph by Le Count Brothers, 1877.
Reproduction number: LC-USZC4-2343 (color film copy transparency)

Washing and panning gold

Washing and panning gold. Rockerville, Dak. Photograph by Grabill, 1889.
Reproduction number: LC-DIG-ppmsc-02669 (digital file from original print)

 

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