A vein of quartz rock is what excited early gold miners in California since that is where the gold often originated from. Gregg Wilkerson, at right, gives a tour of several abandoned mines. There are thousands of such mines throughout the west that have not been closed and pose potential hazard to people.
A vein of quartz rock is what excited early gold miners in California since that is where the gold often originated from. Gregg Wilkerson, at right, gives a tour of several abandoned mines. There are thousands of such mines throughout the west that have not been closed and pose potential hazard to people. Mark Crosse / Fresno Bee / MCT
A vein of quartz rock is what excited early gold miners in California since that is where the gold often originated from. Gregg Wilkerson, at right, gives a tour of several abandoned mines. There are thousands of such mines throughout the west that have not been closed and pose potential hazard to people. Mark Crosse / Fresno Bee / MCT

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June 17, 2008 7:23 AM

Calif. aging gold mines danger to modern fortune hunters

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