John Searles was prospecting for gold in the Slate Range, he would mark
his claims by pecking his initials into a rock at the site. At this
claim he had a partner, Willet Dunn. The date clearly proves that John
Searles was living and mining in the Slate Range in 1862. A similarly
marked claim near the Gold Bottom mine has a date of October 1862.
American Trona Corporation first produced potash, men would shovel the
finished product into these wheelbarrels and take the product to
railroad box cars where it was loaded for shipment.
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