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These brief introductions to five major figures in mining that are connected to Britannia is a great place to begin your own exploration of the people of mineral exploration and mining.
It is an industry that was, and still is, filled with the bold, the brash, the mavericks. It is an industry that was and is shaped by visionaries as well as astute problem solvers.
While Britannia was physically isolated, in many ways it was not. The mining industry was and still is a well connected industry. Innovation was both brought to and born here at Britannia through the leadership of Schley, Robinson, Moodie, and their successors.
History of Far Hills: http://borofarhills.tripod.com/id5.html
Obit, Grant B schley: http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F00D10FB385F1B7A93C1AB178AD95F438185F9
Panic of 1907: http://www.frbatlanta.org/filelegacydocs/ern390_tallman.pdf
Putting together the history of Robinson, Schley, and Moodie involved hours of searching and reading scanned newspapers made available by the Library of Congress Chronicling America project. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/
Anaconda; Issac F. Marcosson; Dodd, Mead & Company, New York, 1957.
Fire and Brimstone: The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917; Michael Punke; Hyperion Books, 2006.
The Battle for Butte: Mining and Politics on the Northern Frontier, 1864-1906; Michael P. Malone; University of Washington Press, 2006.
Britannia, Story of a Mine; Bruce Ramsey; Tafford Publishing, 2004.