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Miners' Tent Store

Miners' Tent Store
Unknown Maker, Miners' Tent Store, Half plate daguerreotype. Collection of Matthew R. Isenburg
    Many of the businesses that sprang up overnight to fill the demand of gold miners were very primitive enterprises, embodying the crass commercialism of the Gold Rush. Note the array of tools and equipment displayed in front of the tent in this image. Leaning up on the left side of the tent is a large wooden coffin, a reminder of the prevalence of disease and death in the gold fields. A miner's socks hang from the tree.
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