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Though various types of mines have existed across the nation, almost from the very discovery of America, those in the American West, are and were the most plentiful, and the history they've left in their wakes, is of romance, fortunes made and lost, hardships, greed, Indian Wars, and numerous crusty old ghost towns.

Alaska Prospector and Dog, 1900

Alaska Prospector and Dog, 1900

Alaska Prospector and Dog, 1900

Alaska Prospector and Dog, 1900

Bonnie Clare Mill, CA, 1908

Bonnie Clare Mill, CA, 1908

Burro Train Ouray, CO, 1906

Burro Train Ouray, CO, 1906

Burros

Burros

California Gold Mining, 1871

California Gold Mining, 1871

California Miners in front of stagecoach, 1894

California Miners in front of stagecoach, 1894

Colorado Pack Train

Colorado Pack Train

Colorado Placer mining

Colorado Placer mining

Copper miners in Michigan, 1916

Copper miners in Michigan, 1916