Books Hydraulic Mining in California

Hydraulic Mining in California

Hydraulic Mining in California


This important new work, the first book-length study of the subject, provides a complete history of hydraulic mining, its background and eventual demise. Mining techniques prior to the hydraulic period are described, as are the inventions which followed. The story of the particular mines, of the litigation concerning them, labor problems in them, and individuals who played major roles in their operation are all discussed. The story of the richest gravel deposits in California, located in the area drained by three major river systems - the American, Yuba, and Feather, are closely chronicled, as are several others. Neither a condemnation nor an apologia of hydraulic mining in California, this book attempts an unbiased look at this most controversial of subjects. Author Powell Greenland's notes and selected bibliography testify to the scope of the research materials utilized in this study. Illustrations and maps portray the mining areas and the tools and techniques used in hydraulic mining. Published by the Arthur C. Clark Company. Hardcover: 320 pages: 6.25 x 9.5"