National Geographic : 1932 Jul
Photograph from Wide World COLORADO'S UNEMPLOYED BECOME TREASURE SEEKERS From the sands of the South Platte River, near Denver, where seventy years ago pioneers panned some ofthefirst gold found inthe"Pikes Peak Diggins," men and women who cannot find other work are to-day washing out shining golden grains. Thesands have been washed foryears and arenot rich in the precious metal; but some of the workers pan one or two dollars' worth of gold a day. The groupsshown inthephotograph arereceiving instruc tion in placer mining. More than a thousand persons in Colorado are enrolled in such classes.