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The Lost Adams Digging

There is a legend in the southwest about two miners who were found wandering in the desert. The miners weren't coherent but one of them said his name was "Adams" and that they had found gold and pulled out a nugget of gold the "size of a hen's egg." Adams survived but didn't find the diggings again.

For almost 150 years, people have been looking for the Lost Adams Diggings. Here is what this (unnamed) man said in 1940:
"The lost Adams Digging? Say, I've read all them books about the lost Adams Diggings and I tell you this is it. Now if I just had a little grub stake so I could work it right--say, we'd all be rich."

He didn't find it.

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Lee Russell photographer
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