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  1. IDdesertman

    Bucket Dredge Pics - 1940's to 1960's

    Happy to share them Doc. I was lucky to get them. It only seemed right to share them so everyone else could appreciate them. Uncle Ron & Lipca: I think I recall seeing a couple pics of that Callahan dredge in my collection, I will dig around and see if I can find them.
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    Bucket Dredge Pics - 1940's to 1960's

    Here's a few more. The first two pics are Yuba #21. Found this interesting info from the March 2003 article in the ICMJ: The last one is labeled "Trinity Dredge Co., Mary E. Smith Manager, 1912-1940." Found some info on historicalmarkerproject.com that states "The Trinity Dredge, operated by Mary E. Smith, was the richest, dredging over $2,700,000 in gold from areas now covered by Lewiston Lake."
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    Bucket Dredge Pics - 1940's to 1960's

    Thanks for that info Clay, I didn't have any details on that piece aside from what I already mentioned. Here's a few more... I like the old Willy's pickup in the background of the last pic.
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    Bucket Dredge Pics - 1940's to 1960's

    Here are a few pics of a different dredge. This one is the Natoma #6. Another article I read about it said that it was the last working dredge in California. Operated near Folsom, CA through 1962. These pics were taken July, 1959.
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    Bucket Dredge Pics - 1940's to 1960's

    Here's one more pic of the above contraption... found a note on the this slide that reads " Dredge near Sonoita, Arizona. June 1961".
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    Bucket Dredge Pics - 1940's to 1960's

    Here's some serious equipment. Not sure of the location on this one...
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    Bucket Dredge Pics - 1940's to 1960's

    Here's a few pictures from a dredge in Bear Valley, Idaho. From what I could find, I believe this one operated for just a few years from '56 to '59, and the primary minerals being mined here were Niobium, Tantalum, and Uranium.
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    Bucket Dredge Pics - 1940's to 1960's

    Here's one last one from Good News Bay.
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    Bucket Dredge Pics - 1940's to 1960's

    Another pic from Good News Bay, AK. Men inspecting the "working end" of the dredge.
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    Bucket Dredge Pics - 1940's to 1960's

    Here are a few more.. all of these so far are labeled "Yuba Mining Co. Dredge #129" Good News Bay, Alaska. Another note on this box says "First designed for clean stream gravels, later extreme clay loads". From what I could find is would have been a platinum dredging operation. Some seriously remote country! Good News Bay, Alaska (link to map)
  11. Hey guys, I thought these would be worth sharing. I while back I had a lady email me saying that she had boxes and boxes of mining pictures on 35mm slides, several hundred pics in total. She was going to throw them away because she didn't know what to do with them. Luckily she contacted me and asked if I wanted them. Heck yes I do! The pics were taken by her late father, Charles Romanowitz who he worked for the Yuba Dredge Company from 1941 through the mid 1960s. He traveled around to various goldfield around the world. I've got to sort through them and transfer them to digital. There are hundred of pictures, as far as I know they haven't been seen by anyone for decades. Most of the pics from California and Alaska, but also some from Korea, Russia, Indonesia, and the Panama Canal. For a mining nerd like me these are pure gold. Lots of the pics show the internal workings of the dredges, stuff that you don't see very often. I'll share a few here as if people are interested...
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    California Crystalline Specimen

    Wow that is a very cool piece!
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