Tag Archive: mining

Jul 11

Ah Louis, pioneer builder of San Luis Obispo

Ah Louis was the nickname given to Wong On who arrived in San Luis Obispo about 1870.

Ah Louis has to be on any top ten list of early persons of influence in San Luis Obispo. This article comes from the May 10, 1956 Centurama edition of the then Telegram-Tribune but the column was republished from one written in 1929 so some of the references need to be updated. Post a comment …

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Mar 10

Mining Chrome, World War II week by week

Telegram-Tribune headlines about the war and rationing from Feb. 24, 1943.

Of the 20 headlined stories and briefs on the front page Feb. 24, 1943 only three were not related to the war, wartime rationing and production. Camp Roberts awarded two contracts for housing and a third was launched a week ago. Dorm units, temporary dwelling units and a trailer park site would add 495 units …

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Aug 28

Chrome refining World War II week by week

Telegram-Tribune August 20, 1941 front page I am revisiting August 20, 1941 from last week to include this story. A little while back we talked about the upswing of interest in mining as war clouds gathered. Some fresh interesting details, San Luis Obispo County is the oldest and one of the richest chrome producing regions …

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Jul 24

Mining Chrome, World War II week by week

July 24, 1941 Telegram-Tribune War was the in the text or subtext of front page articles in the Summer of 1941. Aluminum pots were being collected to be recycled into airplane skins. President Roosevelt said the U.S. sold oil to Japan as a measure of appeasement to prevent the war from spreading into the South …

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May 07

Mining Mercury

Paul Merrick, ex-sheriff turned mine operatator, heads for the upper level entrance to the historic Rinconada quicksilver mine near Pozo. © Jim Vestal/Telegram-Tribune

Some elements get all the breaks, like gold and silver. Not mercury or chromium. They live in the hard-knock-life neighborhood of the periodic table. No respect, no accolades. How many books have you seen about the gold rush? Shelf loads. Who’s ever heard about a mercury rush? Yeah, and how many books are there about …

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