from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A temporary settlement for mining purposes.


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  • Born in a mining-camp where they were rare and mysterious, having no sisters, his mother dying while he was an infant, he had never been in contact with them.

    Chapter XII

  • The Rocky Mountain and Pacific Coast states, with their ripe mining-camp history, offer up the most offensive place names, but even staid Newfoundland has a village named Dildo situated next to Spread Eagle Bay.… Although general readers will find much of the procedural and bureaucratic details of official place-naming arcane, they will enjoy a trove of giggle-inducing lore.

    The Chicago Blog: April 2006 Archives

  • From them a stink of stale beer, and thick voices bellowing pidgin German or trolling out dirty songs — vice gone feeble and unenterprising and dull — the delicacy of a mining-camp minus its vigor.

    Main Street

  • By diligent consultation of American fiction she discovered that this was the only virile and amusing manner in which boys could function; that boys who were not compounded of the gutter and the mining-camp were mollycoddles and unhappy.

    Main Street

  • The buildings were as ill-assorted, as temporary-looking, as a mining-camp street in the motion-pictures.

    Main Street

  • He added the fresh, rugged vigor of thought and expression that was the very essence of the Comstock, which was like every other frontier mining-camp, only on a more lavish, more overwhelming scale.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • A winter mining-camp is the most bleak and comfortless of places.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • "Come on, unlettered ignoramus," said his master, and, holding the wondering little foundling on his arm, with his rabbit still clutched by the ears, he proceeded down to the roadway, scored like a narrow gray streak through the brush, and plodded onward towards the mining-camp of Borealis.

    Bruvver Jim's Baby

  • Already a score were across the road that led to the mining-camp of Borealis, and were swarming up the sandy slope to complete the mighty swing of the army, deploying anew to sweep far westward through the farther half of the valley, and so at length backward whence they came.

    Bruvver Jim's Baby

  • The cream, as it were, of the population of the mining-camp were ready to receive the group from up on the hill.

    Bruvver Jim's Baby


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