After Earthquake and Fire

A Reprint of the Articles and Editorial Comment Appearing in the Mining and Scientific Press, Immediately After the Disaster at San Francisco, April 18, 1906 (Classic Reprint)


Author: Mining And Scientific Press

Publisher: Forgotten Books

ISBN: 9780364422014

Category: Science

Page: 204

View: 4189

The original copy of this article was lost in the fire that followed the 1906 earthquake. This reprint was published soon after and contains facsimiles of the original edition, articles on the earthquake and the remaining mining-related articles.?

Rivers by Design

State Power and the Origins of U.S. Flood Control


Author: Karen M. O'Neill

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822387867

Category: History

Page: 301

View: 1824

The United States has one of the largest and costliest flood control systems in the world, even though only a small proportion of its land lies in floodplains. Rivers by Design traces the emergence of the mammoth U.S. flood management system, which is overseen by the federal government but implemented in conjunction with state governments and local contractors and levee districts. Karen M. O’Neill analyzes the social origins of the flood control program, showing how the system initially developed as a response to the demands of farmers and the business elite in outlying territories. The configuration of the current system continues to reflect decisions made in the nineteenth century and early twentieth. It favors economic development at the expense of environmental concerns. O’Neill focuses on the creation of flood control programs along the lower Mississippi River and the Sacramento River, the first two rivers to receive federal flood control aid. She describes how, in the early to mid-nineteenth century, planters, shippers, and merchants from both regions campaigned for federal assistance with flood control efforts. She explains how the federal government was slowly and reluctantly drawn into water management to the extent that, over time, nearly every river in the United States was reengineered. Her narrative culminates in the passage of the national Flood Control Act of 1936, which empowered the Army Corps of Engineers to build projects for all navigable rivers in conjunction with local authorities, effectively ending nationwide, comprehensive planning for the protection of water resources.


The History of Colorado's Climax Molybdenum Mine


Author: Stephen M. Voynick

Publisher: Mountain Press Publishing

ISBN: 9780878423545

Category: History

Page: 366

View: 2666

High atop the Continental Divide, the Climax Mine opened during World War I to meet military needs for molybdenum, a metallic element that enhances the toughness and durability of steel. Climax became the most successful American company of the Great Depr

Western Mining

An Informal Account of Precious-Metals Prospecting, Placering, Lode Mining, and Milling on the American Frontier from Spanish Times to 1893


Author: Otis E. Young, Jr.,Otis Young,Robert Lenon

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806113524

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 358

View: 2231

Here, for the first time, is a clear account in words and pictures of the methods by which gold and silver were extracted and processed in the Old West. The author describes the early days of Spanish and Indian mining and the wild era inaugurated by the American prospector who rushed west to get rich quick, ending with the year 1893, when repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act virtually closed the mining frontier. The account gives in laymen’s language the techniques employed in prospecting, placering, lode mining, and milling, particularly those employed by the Spaniards, Indians, and Cornishmen, and shows how the ever-practical Americans adapted and improved them. Special attention is given to the methods employed in the California and Montana gold fields, Colorado and the Comstock Lode, the Black Hills, and Tombstone, Arizona. In these pages the reader also meets some of the unforgettable personalities whose lives enriched (and sometimes impoverished) the mining camps.

On Strike and on Film

Mexican American Families and Blacklisted Filmmakers in Cold War America


Author: Ellen R. Baker

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469606542

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 3773

In 1950, Mexican American miners went on strike for fair working conditions in Hanover, New Mexico. When an injunction prohibited miners from picketing, their wives took over the picket lines--an unprecedented act that disrupted mining families but ultimately ensured the strikers' victory in 1952. In On Strike and on Film, Ellen Baker examines the building of a leftist union that linked class justice to ethnic equality. She shows how women's participation in union activities paved the way for their taking over the picket lines and thereby forcing their husbands, and the union, to face troubling questions about gender equality. Baker also explores the collaboration between mining families and blacklisted Hollywood filmmakers that resulted in the controversial 1954 film Salt of the Earth. She shows how this worker-artist alliance gave the mining families a unique chance to clarify the meanings of the strike in their own lives and allowed the filmmakers to create a progressive alternative to Hollywood productions. An inspiring story of working-class solidarity, Mexican American dignity, and women's liberation, Salt of the Earth was itself blacklisted by powerful anticommunists, yet the movie has endured as a vital contribution to American cinema.

The History of the Comstock Lode, 1850-1997


Author: Grant Horace Smith,Joseph V. Tingley

Publisher: University of Nevada Press

ISBN: 9781888035049

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 328

View: 5564

No aspect of Nevada's history has captured so much attention as the heady boomtown days of the Comstock Lode strike in the mid-nineteenth century. The History of the Comstock Lode, first published in 1943, provided mining investors, engineers, and western historians with the first comprehensive, chronological history of mining operations on the Comstock from 1850 to 1997. Grant H. Smith labored on this project for over a decade to produce a volume that has become a classic in its field and a mainstay in all mining history collections. Of particular note is Smith's progressive record of the ways the mines were developed, the failures encountered, the bonanzas discovered, and the production of the mines. New edition co-published with the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.

Imperial San Francisco

Urban Power, Earthly Ruin


Author: Gray A. Brechin

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520229020

Category: History

Page: 402

View: 2933

""Imperial San Francisco" provides a myth-shattering interpretation of the hidden costs that the growth of San Francisco has exacted on its surrounding regions, presenting along the way a revolutionary new theory of urban development".--"Palo Alto Daily News". 86 photos.

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve


Author: Traci Parent,Karen Terhune

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738569956

Category: History

Page: 127

View: 1007

From the 1860s to the turn of the 20th century, the Mount Diablo Coal Field was the largest coal-producing region in California and once boasted five thriving communities. With the decline of coal mining some residents turned to ranching. Later rich deposits of sand were mined for glass and foundry use. In 1973, the East Bay Regional Park District acquired the land. Today visitors to Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, located 45 miles east of San Francisco, can explore miles of trails, tour the Hazel-Atlas silica sand mine, and visit historic Rose Hill Cemetery.

Jamestown and Western Tuolumne County


Author: Judith Marvin,Terry Brejla

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1439625352

Category: Photography

Page: 128

View: 8177

The hamlet of Jamestown dates to the early Gold Rush. Discovered in August 1848, the Woods Creek placers at Jamestown eventually yielded millions of dollars in gold. When the easily mined placer gold gave out, the town remained a trade and supply depot for mining higher in the foothills, with a prime location on the roads from the Central Valley. From the 1890s to 1910s, the hard-rock mining era, known as the second Gold Rush, granted new life to the town, surrounded as it is by the Mother Lode itself. But it was the coming of the Sierra Railway in 1897 that cemented Jamestown’s status, transporting the bounty of Tuolumne County’s natural resources, including minerals, cattle, produce, and lumber, to the waiting markets in California and across the country. The railroad also facilitated three major dam construction projects from the 1910s to the 1940s and brought many film crews to the area.

Living in the Country Growing Weird

A Deep Rural Adventure


Author: Dennis Parks

Publisher: University of Nevada Press

ISBN: 9780874174847

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 149

View: 790

A Deep Rural Adventure