Gold and gems have fascinated men since time immemorial, and few men have hunted, mined and cut them over such a long and adventurous period of time as has Fred J. For over fifty-two years he was on their trail, particularly as one of the chief characters in that fabulous and romantic period of California history when the great gem mines of San Diego County gave up their secrets. Gold also lured him on exciting trips among the desert washes and hills along the Colorado River and north into the savage wilderness and rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. Here is told in intimate and often humorous detail how treasures were found and lost, how rattlesnakes, desert thirst and road-destroying floods were met and conquered, and many another thrilling and sometimes violent encounter with nature or with man. It is a tale attractively told of an era of western pioneering and adventure long past, but preserved in this book for out enjoyment and knowledge. The amateur prospector will find useful hints on how to locate valuable minerals and gems, the gemologist will deepen his understanding of the development of gem mining and of cutting and polishing techniques, while the lost treasure hunter will be able to add a few more prospective places to hunt for his dream of lost riches. Fred J.
Mine Shaft entrance from Tubal Cain MInes – PNW Life R.M.
Greetings from Washington Postcard. The Evergreen State provides a wealth of travel destinations as varied as its topography. It is the only state flag that is green. It is also the only state flag with a picture of a president. Photo by Carol Highsmith.
Mine Shaft entrance from Tubal Cain MInes
From the top of Mt. Pretty fantastic, and beautiful. Not many words to describe the reward from the top of a mountain hike. We also hiked up farther on the Tubal Cain trail to the site of a B plane crash about 60 years ago.