Wild West gold mining towns compared with industrial gold mining of present day.
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Titles read: "A PATHETONE SPECIAL - RICHES OF THE EARTH".
United States of America.
Various scenic shots of countryside and mountains of the American West. We then see a sequence showing the old wild west towns with pioneers arriving in wagon trains, having wild times in the saloon, panning for gold and gold being weighed on scales in a bank.
Compared with the western towns in present day; ghost towns and old buildings crumbling away; exterior and interior of buildings. Signs reading 'US Mint Building, Not Operating' and 'For Sale' and run down, by-passed towns.
Sequence showing modern day (1940's) gold mining with mechanical diggers and industrial smelting process. Ends with a sequence showing an old prospector with a mule, discovering gold in the desert.