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Mining Camp Days [Paperback]

Emil W. Billeb
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September 1986 0913814059 978-0913814055
From the historian's point of view, this volume is a triumph of good judgment: Emil Billeb's in writing it around the bonanza of illustrative material he has gathered during the years; the publisher's in recognizing the value of this first-hand account of the Great Basin's twentieth century boom camps and mining operations, a colorful but much neglected era of Western history. His personal odyssey began on Wall Street and ranged through boom town after boom town to San Francisco. Bodie, Tonopah, Goldfield, Thorne, Mono Mills, Aurora, Benton, Bridgeport, Ludly and Broken Hills come alive from the grayness of six decades, or even less, and the reader joins Emil Billeh and his fellow Argonauts in a swirl of mining stocks, kited checks, claim jumping, mine promotions and cantankerous railroading that caught and held their fancy.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Nevada Publishing (September 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0913814059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0913814055
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars First Person Account of the Mining Era May 7, 2006
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Emil Billeb was a photographer and miner during the heyday of Great Basin (Nevada and Eastern Sierra) mining camps. He tells the stories with charm and his great camera of the people, technology, and environment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bodie History September 20, 2009
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This is a must have book for anyone interested in the early mining camp of Bodie...it is not the beginning of the camp but Emil, a great historian and picture taker lays it all out....he was the son in law of James S. Cain and even tho' from Germany, the man earned his stripes from his boot tops up....his rememberances at the time of writing the book had nary a cloudy memory....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Was it worth the Wealth? December 12, 2012
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It is amazing what the human being will do all in the glory for GOLD! The lost of Life going over the pass, building or finding passage to Dawson City. Hard, Hard times! I often wonder if the American people could in our times endear this much suffering for their loves ones? That was hard times, with very like supplies. Amazing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The way things worked, and the way people were January 29, 2012
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A well-written and highly credible first-hand account of a fascinating era of technological and social change on one of America's last frontiers, by a man with the analytical mind of an engineer leavened by lively human interest. I find this book as enjoyable as it is useful for historical research.
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