The Black Hills mining district of South Dakota, including its premier Homestake Mine, is one of the richest gold producing districts in the world. During the 1930s, South Dakota was second only to California in gold production in the United States. Clow’s book details the natural, technological, and market influences that made this district so important. A major theme of the book is the complex interplay among prevailing metal prices, investment capital, interested entrepreneurs, technological advances, a stable work force, and availability of well-trained mining professionals. The book describes the numerous and eventually successful attempts to remove the gold and...

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