“Idaho has many different types of minerals, and it was gold that brought the first permanent settlers to the state. Although minerals can be used up, we are lucky to have enough minerals to meet our needs for hundreds of years to come. Explore the natural history of Idaho mining with the photographs and text below.”…..
…..”When we think about history and miners, we usually think of men with picks, shovels, gold pans, and perhaps a burro. The truth is, most of these men make very little money. It took five to ten minutes to wash the sand and gravel out of the pan, and the miner often found only five to ten cents worth of gold for his work. A few “struck it rich,” but most men made only a few dollars a day. That took the glitter out of gold for many men. The smart miners soon learned they would have to use machinery to make money from mining.”…..
…..”When we think of mining, we often think of exciting metals like gold and silver. However, there are many important minerals which are not metals. These are called industrial minerals. Idaho is rich in industrial minerals. Idaho has seventy-two kinds of gemstones. This is more than any other state, and second only to Africa in the rest of the world. Agates, jade, opal, garnet (pink, green and red), and diamonds to name a few have all been found in Idaho. It is believed the biggest diamond ever found in the United States – weighing nineteen and one-half carats – was found between McCall and New Meadows. (Idaho’s state gem is the star garnet.)”…..
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Gemstone mining in Idaho