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Gold Mining in Gilpin County, c. 1860-69

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Placer mining operations like the one shown here produced more than $240,000 in gold in Gilpin County during the 1860s, but came at a heavy environmental cost. This photo shows a stream bed that has been rearranged, and the hillside in the background was cleared of trees to build the houses and wooden sluices in the foreground.

Gilpin County
Gilpin County

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