Gold in the Gulch
[Illustration captions, left to right:]
Library of Congress
Individual prospectors used a metal pan to separate gold from sand and rocks. The miner swirled the sand and water mixture, allowing the heavy gold to sink to the bottom.
[Photo:] Library of Congress
A Sluice removed the gold from dirt and gravel on a larger scale. The riffles on the bottom of the slanted boxes caught the gold, while water rinsed away the waste.
“This was a Rockey day on us... Ground Sluiced Some but could not make it go commenced Shoveling in when or best Riffel come out. I Swore Some, think we lost lots of money Had two days run in the Sluices... Musketos are geting thick”
June 8, 1876, from the diary of Jerry Bryan
[Photo:] Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
Erected by Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission. (Marker Number 2.)
Location. 44° 22.497′ N, 103° 43.798′ W. Marker is in Deadwood, South Dakota, in Lawrence County. Marker is at the intersection of Pine Street
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gold Discovery in the Great Sioux Reservation (a few steps from this marker); Riches from Mud (within shouting distance of this marker); Civic Stability (within shouting distance of this marker); Bonanza in the Hills (within shouting distance of this marker); Sherman Street and the East Side (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Waite Block Annex (about 500 feet away); Serving the Black Hills (about 500 feet away); Deadwood Changing -- 1884 1902 and Now (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Deadwood.
Also see . . .
1. Deadwood, South Dakota - Wikipedia. (Submitted on November 19, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Gold Prospecting Tutorials. (Submitted on November 19, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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