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Miners and Sluice Boxes

Miners and Sluice Boxes
Isaac Wallace Baker (1810-c.1862), Miners and Sluice Boxes, Quarter plate daguerreotype. Collection of the Oakland Museum of California, gift of anonymous donor
    In their unrelenting quest for gold, the forty-niners decimated the natural environment around them, damming and diverting rivers, logging forests, and wasting hillsides. This exploitation is evident in this daguerreotype, which also shows the telltale signs of a cooperative mining venture -- multiple miners working with a network of ditches and sluice boxes.  
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