Aspyn S. Butzler

Gold Fever

Is there anything more valuable than gold?

Miners during the California Gold Rush argued that the rock that held the gold was just as important as the gold itself. Armed with pickaxes, shovels and powerful water jets, miners exposed buried gold at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in California. Rather than leaving the marble behind, miners saw opportunity; they sold it to be slabbed and polished for use. These pictures from the Columbia State Historic Park show the marble graveyards that were once active gold mines. Marble that was cut from this area can be seen today in many buildings throughout California.

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