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Title
Miners lounging around sacks of ore from the Red Top mine, Goldfield, Nevada, ca.1900
Creator
Pierce, C.C. (Charles C.), 1861-1946
Date Created and/or Issued
circa 1900
Publication Information
University of Southern California. Libraries
Contributing Institution
University of Southern California Digital Library
Collection
California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960
Rights Information
Doheny Memorial Library, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0189
Public Domain. Release under the CC BY Attribution license--http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/--Credit both “University of Southern California. Libraries” and “California Historical Society” as the source. Digitally reproduced by the USC Digital Library; From the California Historical Society Collection at the University of Southern California
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Description
Photograph of miners lounging around sacks of ore from the Red Top mine, Goldfield, Nevada, ca.1900. The sacks of ore, about the size of a sack of potatoes, are stacked as high as ten bags high near a building and a mining contraption. About thirteen men can be seen sitting on, lying on, standing near or leaning against the sacks of ore. Stacks of wood piled just as high as the sacks of ore can be seen in the background. In the foreground, wild grass and rocks cn be seen. In the background at left, a large wooden structure is visible. At right, the side of a wooden building can be seen.
"In 1902 gold was discovered in the hills near Tonopah, Nevada. Soon a few tents dotted the barren hills among the Joshua trees, and the boomtown of Goldfield was born. In 1903 only 36 people lived in the new town. By 1908 Goldfield was Nevada's largest city, with over 25,000 inhabitants. Along with the influx of miners and businessmen, came the labor unions. The Western Federation of Miners, the Industrial Workers of the World and the American Federation of Labor all vied for power in the region. During the early years, the unions were able to control wages and working hours. But in November, 1906, the Goldfield Consolidated Mines Company was incorporated by owners George Wingfield and United States Senator George Nixon, signaling the beginning of monopoly control in Goldfield, and the start of an adversarial relationship between mine owners and the unions." -- unknown author.
Type
image
Format
2 photographs : glass photonegative, photoprint, b&w
21 x 26 cm.
glass plate negatives
photographic prints
photographs
Identifier
chs-m17361
USC-1-1-1-14218 [Legacy record ID]
CHS-5416
http://doi.org/10.25549/chs-m17361
http://thumbnails.digitallibrary.usc.edu/CHS-5416.jpg
Subject
Mines and mineral resources
Mining--Out of state--Nevada--Goldfield
Mine sites
Time Period
circa 1900
Place
Esmeralda
Goldfield
Nevada
USA
Source
1-111-67; 1-113-25 [Microfiche number]
5416 [Accession number]
CHS-5416 [Call number]
California Historical Society [Contributing entity]
Relation
California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960
Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection, 1860-1960
USC
chs-m265

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