By Clark C. Spence

A historical past 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 until eventually its loss of life within the early Nineteen Sixties. Idaho used to be the nation’s fourth-leading manufacturer of dredged gold after 1910 and for this reason presents a great lens wherein to watch the perform and background of gold dredging.

Author Clark Spence makes a speciality of the 2 most vital varieties of dredges within the state—the bucket-line dredge and the dragline dredge—and describes their financing, operation, difficulties, and impact at the country and atmosphere. those dredges made it attainable to paintings floor formerly deemed untouchable simply because bedrock the place gold gathered may well 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, ultimately prompting country laws and federal recovery of a few of the state’s crippled waterways.

Providing a list of Idaho’s dredging heritage for the 1st time, this publication is an important contribution to the data and figuring out of Western mining, its know-how, and its total improvement as a tremendous of the 20 th century.

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