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The Elkhorn Mine Detailed In Rare Vintage Photos

Posted November 26, 2016
The Elkhorn Mine is the primary producer of the Elkhorn district in Jefferson County, Montana. The mine was the primary driver of the settlement of the mining camp of Elkhorn, today one of the West's most iconic ghost towns.

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Gold Nuggets For Sale

Posted August 14, 2016
View all current Ebay gold nugget auctions.

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Mining Claims For Sale

Posted August 13, 2016
Check out our new Mining Claim for sale listing aggregator.

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Desperate Dreams

Posted March 08, 2016
Photographer and historian Rick Tegeler had spent years compiling his photography of Nevada mines and ghost towns into the DVD "Desperate Dreams". The DVD is available for purchase from Rick's site - click "continue reading" for more information.

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New Media Explores Randsburg, California and Death Valley Mining History

Posted March 26, 2013
I'm always happy to discover authors and filmmakers that continue to produce media about the important history of our western mining districts. Several new works tell the tales of the mining town of Randsburg, CA, and The 20 Mule Teams of Death Valley.

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Hise Restaurant Bodie, California - Now and Then

Posted October 28, 2012
A user contributed two 1930's photos of a family business in Bodie, California. The building still stands today and looks much as it did 80 years ago.

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WMH August Update

Posted August 17, 2012
New towns and new photos in existing town profile pages.

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Overland Express arriving at Helena, Montana 1900

Posted August 09, 2012
From Edison films catalog: It is train time. Overland Express arriving at Helena, Montana 1900 (video).

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Please consider donating to Western Mining History

Posted May 18, 2012
Western Mining History will continue to document the history of mining and mining towns in the West. In addition I hope that the site can fill important new roles in education and preservation of our mining heritage. Your donation will ensure that this work will be able to continue.

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May Update: 5 New Mining Town Profiles

Posted May 14, 2012

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Did You Know.......

A mine is a hole in the ground, owned by a liar.
-Mark Twain


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