Friday, 12 December 2014

Old West Photo Friday: Panning for Gold

I love this shot. It shows a 49er panning for gold in California's American River. This guy looks like he's been put through the wringer yet is still determined to strike it big.

Unfortunately there's no name attached to this photo. I wonder whatever happened to him? Did he find enough gold to open a saloon in San Francisco and retire in comfort, or did he end up in a pauper's grave in some dusty mining camp?

Speaking of dusty mining camps, I have a humorous flash fiction piece in Every Day Fiction this week. It's called How They Brought The Train To High Hopes.

For more free stuff by yours truly, check out my articles over on Black Gate about Axum: The Ancient Superpower of Ethiopia and Arms and Armor of the Abyssinian Empire.

Have a great weekend!

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

1 comment:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Like most, he probably never made much money.

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