One of the most popular pieces of equipment used during gold rush times in XIX century was a rocker box, sometimes called a cradle. Collier’s New Encyclopedia from 1921 defines this device as a mechanical contrivance used in placer mining, consisting of a box on rockers and moved by hand, used for washing out the gold-bearing soil. Rocker […]
Short stories about all those who followed their gold-dreams: prospectors, gold seekers, gold hunters, 49ers, stampeders, miners, claim owners, claim jumpers, and any kind of adventurers who roamed the gold rush trails.
Thomas Lippy had a claim high on Eldorado Creek where he had been finding some fine gold. His wife wanted to live in a cabin, so she asked him to move down the creek, where timber was much better. He didn’t want to leave his claim but finally he agreed and traded his claim for […]
Anton Stander on his arrival in New York had only one dollar and seventy-five cents on him and spoke no English. No one supposed that he was going to discover the richest creek in the world, later called Eldorado Creek. Read More