Death Valley and the Amargosa: A Land of Illusion

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University of California Press, 11.01.1988 - 622 Seiten
This is the history of Death Valley, where that bitter stream the Amargosa dies. It embraces the whole basin of the Amargosa from the Panamints to the Spring Mountains, from the Palmettos to the Avawatz. And it spans a century from the earliest recollections and the oldest records to that day in 1933 when much of the valley was finally set aside as a National Monument. This is the story of an illusory land, of the people it attracted and of the dreams and delusions they pursued-the story of the metals in its mountains and the salts in its sinks, of its desiccating heat and its revitalizing springs, and of all the riches of its scenery and lore-the story of Indians and horse thieves, lost argonauts and lost mine hunters, prospectors and promoters, miners and millionaires, stockholders and stock sharps, homesteaders and hermits, writers and tourists. But mostly this is the story of the illusions-the illusions of a shortcut to the gold diggings that lured the forty-niners, of inescapable deadliness that hung in the name they left behind, of lost bonanzas that grew out of the few nuggets they found, of immeasurable riches spread by hopeful prospectors and calculating con men, and of impenetrable mysteries concocted by the likes of Scotty. These and many lesser illusions are the heart of its history.
 

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Inhalt

Borax Bonanza
171
GOLD AND GAS
185
The Montgomery Brothers
187
Bullfrog
201
Mysterious Scott
240
Heart of Gold
273
A Copper Frenzy
308
Resurrection
336

A Hard Lesson
50
Gunsight Silver and the Wonderful Bailey Ore
57
Alvord and Breyfogle
67
Camels Frauds and Lost Guides
78
THE POCKET MINERS
97
Tom Shaws Country
99
Panamint The Wonder of the World
111
The Education of Jonas Osborne
133
On the New York Exchange
141
Starving to Death on a Government Claim
160
Facts Fantasies and Flivvers
358
The Salt of the Earth
377
Mostly Mud and Rock
395
The Hangerson
410
The Last Hurrah
419
A Nice Place to Visit
439
Bibliography
579
Index
637
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Richard E. Lingenfelter is a research physicist at the University of California, San Diego. He has written over a dozen books on Western American history and lore.

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