%> Nevada Riches: The Land and People of the Silver State
Technology & Transportation
Riches, Ranching & Railroads
(1850-1900)

Mining Technology

The technology associated with mining was both simple and complex.  The prospector wandering the hills with a mule or burro, shovels, and a pick was using simple tools in his search for gold.  Once the big strike was made, however, the process of extracting ore from the earth became much more complex.  Miners and mining engineers throughout Nevada responded by inventing, adapting, and developing tools, such as this amalgamation pan, and techniques to mine and process the precious metals of the Nevada landscape.
 

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Nevada State Library and Archives