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Boom or Bust: Mining and the Opening of the American West

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The lure of instant wealth attracted settlers to California, Colorado, Arizona, and Alaska. While only a few became rich, the discovery of gold, silver, and copper spurred the frontier economy, creating settlements, bringing merchants, and helping to expand the railroad system. Discusses placer and underground mining. Uses old photos and reenactments.

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