Frequent reports have been circulated in relation to the discovery of precious metals and tin in Kansas, but investigation has always proved them incorrect. The exception may be made in relation to silver when combined with lead at the lead mines. There, even, it is not in paying quantities, being usually less than one ounce to the ton.
Our geological formations are entirely different from those producing gold or silver, except when combined with lead. All labor, therefore, hoping to discover valuable mines of these two precious metals, must be fruitless. Some "mines" of gold and silver have come under our observation which were "salted."
Transcribed from First Biennial Report of the State Board of Agriculture to the Legislature of the State of Kansas, for the Years 1877-8 embracing statistical exhibits, with diagrams of the agricultural, industrial, mercantile, and other interests of the state, together with a colored outline map of the state, and sectional maps, in colors, of each organized county, showing their relative size and location, railroads, towns, post offices, school houses, water powers, etc., etc. Topeka, Kansas: Kansas State Board of Agriculture. Rand, McNally & Co., Printers and Engravers, Chicago. 1878. Transcribed by Skye Hart, April 2002.
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