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Gold Mine Cornucopia c1880 FSDM2
Born in Vermont on July 31, 1827, Martin Mason Hazeltine took on photography at a young age. He traveled and studied his craft through New York, Chicago and St Charles, Illinois, before heading to the west coast, where he spent the majority of his career. He started in San Francisco at the end of 1853, and by 1857, Hazeltine found himself in a partnership with his brother George Irving Hazeltine. He worked his way through northern California and Nevada, and most famously in Stockton, California where he worked with J.J. Reilly from 1868 through 1878. It was there that Hazeltine produced the Yosemite Valley, Calaveras Big Tree views and the John P. Soule “California” series, the last without credit. Finally, he traveled north to Baker City, Oregon, where he was known as a traveling photographer, producing a series of landscapes of Oregon, Idaho, and Washington. Around 1888 is when he is assumed to have photographed the Gold Mine at Cornucopia. Some 50 miles east of Baker City, the gold mining town of Cornucopia overflowed with westbound men seeking riches, especially with the arrival of the railroad in 1884. The photograph shows a stamp mill, which performs an integral part in the mining process: pulverizing the gold-bearing ore to retrieve the gold. Steam powered drills were ran in the mill, and evidence of the fuel source can be found in the foreground of the photograph in the form of hillside tree stumps. The Oregon Gold Mining Company in Cornucopia reported a 20-stamp mill in 1889, implying the rapid use of surrounding forest, seen in the stacks of awaiting “fuel” in the lower right. The vernacular style of the building suggests many things about the area: that the lumber used to build the structure was probably milled within Baker County, and the steeply pitched roofs and continuous lateral bracing in addition to the proximity of the mountains in the background suggest high winds and heavy snowfall in the winter. The content of the photograph seem to document the area well, showing a typical mill of the town and its surroundings, which coincide with the operations of the mill and its location in the landscape. Nowhere on this image is Hazeltine’s signature or the date, which was characteristic of his unaccredited earlier career. The image now resides in the Oregon Historical Society, though information is given on neither the method of photographing nor the size.Round Mountain gold mine
In Big Smokey Valley, Nevada. Owned by Kinross Gold Corporation and Homestake Mining Company.
For every successful mining district celebrated in history, there were failed dozens whose stories have been largely forgotten. The Mechanics of Optimism documents, in rare detail, the boom-bust cycle of Hot Spring District, a mid-1860s Montana gold camp that did not pay, despite early predictions of a sure thing.See also:
Historian Jeffrey J. Safford examines how gold mining ventures were developed and financed during and after the Civil War, and how men, primarily Easterners with scant knowledge of mining, were willing to invest large sums in gold mines that promised quick and lucrative returns.
Safford explains how these mining companies were organized and underwritten, and why a little-known district in southwestern Montana was chosen as a center of operations. Relying on extensive primary sources, Safford addresses the mind-set of the businessmen, the expectations and realities of new mining technology, the financial strategies, and the universality of the Hot Spring experience.
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