MINING

Mining is one of the most dangerous jobs and the thought of striking it rich lured many men to hunt for gold underground. In this section, you can learn about the gold rush and major figures associated with the occupation of mining.
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Pony Express

Pony Express, in United States history, a mail service in the West, 1860-61. Using relays of riders and horses, the Pony Express provided mail delivery between St.

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  • Gold Rushes

    Gold Rushes

    Gold Rushes, mass movements of people hoping to become rich by mining gold. This precious metal was one of the first to attract the attention of primitive peoples, and because of its appeal the mining of gold since the dawn of civilization has usually been strictly supervised by governments. See more »

  • Horace Austin Warner Tabor

    Horace Austin Warner Tabor

    Tabor, Horace Austin Warner (1830-1899), a United States prospector who became one of Colorado's "silver barons." He made a fortune from silver mining, but died in poverty. See more »

  • John Augustus Sutter

    John Augustus Sutter

    Sutter, John Augustus (1803-1880), a Swiss-American pioneer in California. The discovery of gold at his sawmill in 1848 led to the first great gold rush in North America. See more »

  • Marcus Daly

    Marcus Daly

    Daly, Marcus (1841-1900), a United States miner who founded the giant Anaconda Copper Mining Company (now The Anaconda Company). See more »

  • Pony Express

    Pony Express

    Pony Express, in United States history, a mail service in the West, 1860-61. Using relays of riders and horses, the Pony Express provided mail delivery between St. See more »

  • Virginia City

    Virginia City

    Virginia City, Nevada, an unincorporated community in Storey County. It is 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Reno on the eastern slope of Mount Davidson, about 6,500 feet (1,981 m) above sea level. See more »

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