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About is a is a non-commercial, non-profit, educational website dedicated to preserving and researching California's rich mining past. was created, designed, and continues to be modified by Dezdan Productions.


Copyright Notice

All contents of, unless otherwise stated, are Copyright 1999-2003 by Dezdan Productions and are protected by U.S. Copyright and International Treaties. All rights reserved. You may not reproduce, copy or redistribute the design or layout of or individual elements of the website design without the express written permission of Dezdan Productions, unless deemed allowable under fair use and other provisions of the Copyright Act. Re-use of any of content and graphics online for any purpose is strictly prohibited, unless deemed allowable under fair use and other provisions of the Copyright Act. Permission to use content is granted on a case-by-case basis. If you believe your Copyright material is being used on this web site without permission, please read below before notifying Copyright Information at includes a variety of materials obtained from many different sources that maybe Copyrighted by the owner. Although a work may be freely accessible on the World Wide Web and may not include any statement about Copyright, the Copyright Act nevertheless provides that such works are protectible by Copyright. Users must assume that works are protected by Copyright until they learn otherwise. Unless rights of use are clearly stated with respect to an individual item, users must seek permission from the Copyright owner for all uses that are not allowed by fair use and other provisions of the Copyright Act. If you need assistance with identifying or locating the Copyright owner of a work, please notify Copyright Information at 

Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement: Pursuant to Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c)(2), all notifications of claimed copyright infringement on the Website should be sent ONLY to our Designated Agent. We caution you that under federal law, if you knowingly misrepresent that online material is infringing, you may be subject to heavy civil penalties. These include monetary damages, court costs, and attorneys fees incurred by us, by any copyright owner, or by any copyright owner's licensee that is injured as a result of our relying upon your misrepresentation. You may also be subject to criminal prosecution for perjury. Under Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c)(3)(A), the Notification of Claimed Infringement must include the following:


Privacy Policy

By using, you consent to the collection and use of this information by Dezdan Productions. If Dezdan Productions decides to change this privacy policy, those changes will be posted on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it. Your privacy on the Internet is of the utmost importance to us. Because Dezdan Productions gathers certain types of information about our users, we feel you should fully understand the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses what information we gather and how we use it. 

Dezdan Productions tracks user traffic patterns throughout the site. However, Dezdan Productions does not correlate this information with data about individual users. Dezdan Productions does break down overall usage statistics according to a user's domain name, browser type, and MIME type by reading this information from the browser string (information contained in every user's browser). Dezdan Productions uses tracking information to determine which areas of users like and dislike based on traffic to those areas. Dezdan Productions does not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps Dezdan Productions to continue to build a better site for you, the user.

Dezdan Productions may place a text file called a "cookie" in the browser files of your computer. The cookie itself does not contain Personal Information although it will enable Dezdan Productions to relate your use of to information that you have specifically and knowingly provided. The only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie cannot read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. Dezdan Productions uses cookies to track user traffic patterns (as described above). You can refuse cookies by turning them off in your browser. If you've set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies, you will receive the warning message with each cookie. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use However, you do need cookies to participate actively in message boards, forums, polling and surveys. Dezdan Productions uses any information voluntarily given by our users to enhance their experience within the site, whether to provide interactive or personalized elements on the site or to better prepare future content based on the interests of our users. offers a free electronic newsletter to users who voluntarily subscribe. Users may remove themselves from this mailing list by following the link provided in every newsletter that points users to the subscription management page. Users can also subscribe to the newsletters at the time of registration. Dezdan Productions uses information that users voluntarily provide in order to send out electronic newsletters and to enable users to participate in polls, surveys, message boards, and forums. sends out newsletters to subscribers on a regular schedule (depending on the newsletter), and occasionally sends out special editions when we think subscribers might be particularly interested in something we are doing. Dezdan Productions never shares newsletter mailing lists with any third parties.

Dezdan Productions will not disclose any information about any individual user except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public. Dezdan Productions respects user privacy, in accordance with our Privacy Policy. Dezdan Productions may disclose individual account or user information in cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be violating Terms of Use or may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) Dezdan Productions rights or property, other users, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. Dezdan Productions may disclose or access account information when we believe in good faith that the law requires it and for administrative and other purposes that we deem necessary to maintain, service, and improve our products and services.


Message Forum

Dezdan Productions does not guarantee any information provided in the forums. Dezdan Productions reserves the right to edit or remove any postings, or user accounts, for any reason whatsoever. The forums of are not affiliated with or endorsed by the companies they may describe. The opinions expressed within the forums reflect solely the opinions of the participants, and not those of, nor those of Dezdan Productions. Dezdan Productions cannot effectively monitor all material posted within the forums at all times and, therefore, makes no representation or warranty with respect thereto. Participants of forums may or may not actually be whomever they represent themselves as, and the information they provide may or may not be true.

Please treat the contributors here the same way you would treat anyone you had met for the first time. users agree that they will not post any material that is defamatory, infringing, obscene or otherwise unlawful. If you post material, you represent and warrant that the material you post is not defamatory, infringing, obscene or otherwise unlawful and that you have rights to post any material you supply. Dezdan Productions may, in appropriate circumstances and in its sole discretion, terminate the accounts of users that infringe or otherwise violate such rights of others. Dezdan Productions reserves the right to remove any postings for any or no reason. users authorize Dezdan Productions to use, reproduce, transmit, store and display any user-supplied content (including forum postings and replies) for any purpose in any and all media.

Users of the Forums must register separately for these services, which are free of charge, in order to post messages, although registration is not required to visit the site. During registration the user is required to supply a username, password, and a valid e-mail address. Consistent with the Federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), Dezdan Productions will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without requesting parental consent.


Limitation of Liability

Information provided on is provided "AS IS" without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including, without limitation, warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. Dezdan Productions uses reasonable efforts to include accurate and timely information on and periodically updates the information without notice. However, Dezdan Productions makes no warranties or representations as to the accuracy or completeness of such information, and Dezdan Productions assumes no liability or responsibility for errors or omissions in the content of Your use of is AT YOUR OWN RISK. Under no circumstances and under no legal theory shall Dezdan Productions be liable to you or any other person for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, exemplary, or consequential damages arising from your access to, or use of, 


Links contains links to websites operated by parties other then Dezdan Productions. Such links are provided for your convenience and reference only. The linked sites are not under the control of Dezdan Productions, and Dezdan Productions is not responsible for the contents of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site. The inclusion of a link does not imply any association with their operators or any endorsement of the linked site by Dezdan Productions. Dezdan Productions does not guarantee the veracity, reliability or completeness of any information provided in any hyperlink appearing on our site. homepage may be linked to by a URL link in non-commercial websites without permission. For permission to link by a URL link from a commercial website, please contact

Contact Information

If you believe that material posted is defamatory, obscene or otherwise unlawful, and you are, or represent, the person or entity whose rights are being violated, please contact Abuse at If you are having difficulty navigating, want to report a broken link, or have some other technical question, please contact the Webmaster at For all other contact needs, please contact General Information at  If you believe your Copyrighted material is being used on this web site without permission, please read the Copyright clause above and then notify Copyright Information at Be sure to include all details including your contact information, location of material, or any other information needed and we will respond. 

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Terms of Use

You, the user, conditioned upon your acceptance without modification of the terms and conditions set forth herein. Your use of this Web site constitutes your agreement to all of the above terms and conditions.  As a condition of your use of this web site, you agree that you will not use this web site or the information contained herein for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms and conditions. All users of agree to follow the Terms of Use. If you do not agree to abide by the Terms of Use, do not use Users represent that they have read, understand, and agree to all legal disclaimers. Users may not post third-party links which use trademarks of or otherwise could cause confusion, wrongfully imply and endorsement of goods and services, or contain defamatory, obscene or illegal material. Users of shall not deploy data-mining, web-mirroring or web-copying of any kind against the site. Any such effort will be construed as an attempt to duplicate Copyright data, and/or to destabilize the operation of the website. employs active log checking in order to identify users who ignore this condition of use, and will investigate fully any suspected cases. Dezdan Productions reserves the right to make changes and improvements at any time and without notice, and assumes no liability for damages incurred directly or indirectly as a result of errors, omissions or discrepancies.