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Amador County Gold Mines (58 images)

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After the easy gold was picked up during California's Gold Rush in the 1850s, miners had to start getting their gold from the source in the rocks: underground. They started with adits and coyote holes and in the 1880s and 1890s, as the technology arrived with pumps and TNT, hard rock mining.

Most of the mines were located along the western slope of California's Sierra Nevada in the foothills known as The Mother Lode and The Gold Country. This gold belt stretches from Coarse Gold,...
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