A Hole in the Ground With a Liar at the Top: Fraud And Deceit in the Golden Age of American Mining

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University of Utah Press, 2006 - History - 374 pages
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Coal, silver, gold. There is something about the allure of hidden treasure that puts a glint in people’s eyes. By gathering such familiar stories as that of Nevada’s infamous Comstock Lode with a succession of lesser-known scandals, Dan Plazak provides an entertaining and informative volume that delightfully investigates the history of mining frauds in the United States from the Civil War to World War I.

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Incredible book! I never realized how rife with swindle, fraud, and deceit the early days of mining were. In fact, I am now more inclined to visit a ghost town and ponder if there ever was a real ... Read full review


Introduction to Mining Fraud I
The Imaginary Mine of Doctor Gardiner
Mother Lode of American Mining Swindles I

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About the author (2006)

Dan Plazak is a graduate of Michigan Tech and the Colorado School of Mining. He is a consulting geologist and engineer.

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