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Photographer: Syd Whittle
Taken: February 3, 2009
Caption: Close-Up of Photo on Marker - Chinese Miners
Additional Description: GOLD! was discovered at Sutterís Mill about 30 miles upstream in 1848. Here on the banks of the American River, Chinese miners dug deep trenches into the gold-bearing gravel and washed out the gold in pans and sluices. Starting in the late 1890ís huge gold dredges scooped up mountains of gravel from the ancient riverbed between Sunrise Boulevard and Folsomís old town. By 1962 when dredging stopped, more than $125 million worth of gold was removed from the gravel, but miles of salmon spawning beds lay in ruin.
California State Library
Submitted: February 3, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
Database Locator Identification Number: p52052
File Size: 0.372 Megabytes
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