MINING: End of the Argonaut

The 2,000 home-grown citizens of Jackson, Calif. this week got shocking news: the fabulous Argonaut gold mine will close down within a month; its 225 miners must look for other jobs. Reason: guns, tanks & ships are not made from gold; WPB has turned down all appeals for needed supplies and equipment.

To Jackson the Argonaut is an institution, a legend, the town's chief claim to a niche in history. Grizzled, bourbon-swigging, pistol-packing prospectors first struck the Argonaut about 1848, were soon whooping it up in the noisy, ramshackle saloons & cafes of...

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