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Doodlebug dredge.

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Collection The Record-Courier/Brinton Family
Date of photo 1941
Description Doodlebug dredge. A June 26, 1941, Record-Courier article described the dredge: "The Northwest Development Co. gold dredging operation is practically in the town of Sumpter. The view is looking northeast, and the "doodle bug" floating washing plant is shown in the right foreground. The one-yard power dragline shovel in the center feeds the gravel clear down to bedrock to the boat into which the bucket can be seen dumping. The plant can wash and recover gold from about 80 yeards of gravel per hour. In the rear is the huge walking shovel, which is used to strip the thick layer of top soil, which contains no gold, and piles it out of the way of the doodle bug equipment. The big shovel, when it moves position, puts down two web-like feet one on either side, lifts itself up in the air, squats forward or backward and lifts its feet for another move like a walking monster."
Object ID 2008.13.92
Place Sumpter
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