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  • Doc Noss (1905 - 1949)
    Ernest "Doc" Noss was an American businessman and gold prospector, who claimed to have found a treasure trove of gold bullion inside Victorio Peak, New Mexico in 1937. He was killed by an associate in ...
  • The Lost Dutchman (1808 - 1891)
  • Charles Abile Tyler (1878 - 1898)
  • Mayor Benjamin Elias Cabell (1858 - 1931)
    Benjamin Elias Cabell (November 18, 1858 - February 8, 1931), attorney, was mayor of Dallas 1900-1904. Biography Benjamin Elias Cabell was born November 18, 1858 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas to William L...
  • Thomas Hamilton Ayliffe (1835 - 1900)
    Thomas Hamilton Ayliffe (1834 – 27 March 1900) was four years old when the family left for South Australia. At age 18 he joined the gold rush to Victoria and sent 6 oz. of gold to his mother. He was a ...

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See also Miners.


In the United States and Canada prospectors were lured by the promise of gold, silver, and other precious metals. They traveled across the mountains of the American West, carrying picks, shovels and gold pans. The majority of early prospectors had no training and relied mainly on luck to discover deposits.

Source: Prospecting:The gold rushes at Wikipedia