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193711 Desert Magazine 1937 November[1]

193711 Desert Magazine 1937 November[1]

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the book: "He says he is like the legen-
dary miner who was refused admittance
to heaven because the miners already
there were causing trouble by digging
up the golden streets. "If you let me
in," he said to St. Peter, "I'll get rid of
them for you." "All right," replied the
guardian of the pearly gates as he ad-
mitted him, "let's see what you can
do." In a few minutes swarms of min-
ers began to rush to the gates, demand-
ing to be let out, and soon there was
not one miner left in Heaven except
the newcomer. "How did you do it?"
asked St. Peter. "Oh, I just told them
there was a new strike down in Hell
that made this one look like a worn-out
placer." So the miner acquired his
home in Heaven and the streets were
again safe. But in a few hours he was
back at the gates. "Let me out," he said.
"Why?" asked St. Peter. "I just let
you in." "I know it," replied the pros-
pector, "but I've been thinking it over,
and maybe there's something in that
strike down in Hell after all."

It was late in 1933 when George

Holmes and Nicholson plant near
Winterhaven, Imperial county,
California.

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The DESERT MAGAZINE

Holmes chipped a piece of rich ore off
a boulder near Mojave in Kern county,
California. The new year had hardly
begun when it was sold for a fortune.
Late in 1935 Kenneth Holmes and Ed
Nicholson had bought a string of
modern ore trucks and a flock of rich
claims in the Cargo Muchacho moun-
tains of eastern Imperial county. They
hauled ore a few miles south to U. S.
Highway 80, where they built a modern
reduction plant near the site of the
all-American canal.

Huge tubs were placed on a hillside.
New machinery was placed on them
and connected in a maze of pipe and
platforms known technically as the
"flow plan." To the layman it looks
like a pile of junk kept in constant
turmoil by some mysterious power.
But to Holmes and Nicholson and the 35
men who work for them, the plant
represents the most modern, most scien-
tific, and most economical method of
taking pure gold from quartz rock.

A massive maw with a digestive ca-
pacity of 40 tons an hour crushes the
ore into small pieces. It is permitted
only a light breakfast, however, for it
prepares in a half hour enough fodder
to keep the plant operating the rest
of the day. While the plant now takes
care of about 25 tons a day, a few sim-
ple changes would step up the capacity
to 100 tons a day.
Since the Desert Magazine is not des-
tined to competition with the imminent
Mining Journal, it is not essential that
this reporter disclose, even if he could,
the technical construction and operation
of the Holmes-Nicholson plant. But to
you and me the personalities and ach-
ievements of these men are far more
important.

Amazing Careers

They are not ready yet to write their
memoirs; meteoric as has been their
rise in the mining world, they are still
looking for new placers to work, new
quartz to blast, new records to break.
And perhaps, even before your eye
meets this print, you will have heard
about some amazing new strike which
the Holmes brothers and their asso-
ciates have made.

There should be a moral in the story
of the Holmes's which could be used
with satisfaction by every school tea-
cher in the land. For these boys have
more than luck: they first studied all
available science on mining and then
went out to apply their knowledge in the
search for gold. That understanding,
coupled with my secret belief that they
habitually carry rabbit's feet and good
luck pennies, is probably the reason
for their amazing success.

Come to

EL CENTRO

IN THE SCENIC IMPERIAL VALLEY

Land of Barbara Worthand winter sunshine

CENTER
OF THE
LARGEST
IRRIGATION
ENTERPRISE
IN
AMERICA

"AMERICA'S
WINTER
GARDEN"

PICTURESQUE PAINTED GORGE

Visit El Centro, center of a rich valley which produces thousands
of carloads of table produce in seasons when eastern sections are
under snow .... indeed sufficient evidence of El Centro's delightful
winter climate.

Within short motoring distance from El Centro's comfortable
hotels and auto courts are the scenic wonders of the Colorado
Desert—scores of geological and historical points of interest. See
the Imperial Dam and All-American Canal under construction. Visit
Salton Sea, the ancient beachline, prehistoric oyster beds.

El Centro merchants and hotel keepers extend every effort to
assure the comfort and convenience of tourists and motorists.

TRAVEL

ALLURING

DESERT

TRAILS

OUT OF

IMPERIAL

VALLEY

FAMOUS MUDPOTS AT MULLET ISLAND

For further information write the secretary of the

EL CENTRO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

EL CENTRO. CALIF.

November, 1937

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THERE has been a lull in homesteac

lands have become scarce, and ir| tl
withdrawn from entry until waterU\
however, the stage is being set for a |BT;
In the great basin of the Colorado rive
Washington, and on other projects, work:
of acres of virgin soil to new settlement,
river the all-American canal nears comp!
half million acres of land which have m
panying article, the Desert Magazine pre
this new project.

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