This is my Great Uncle, Ben Fullinghim. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Fullingim-5 This is actually a post card that read:
"Famed 'Old Ben Fullingim' from Tuolumne County, California, with his donkey 'Nugget' near Tuolumne City, above Turnback Creek.'Old Ben' is a familiar sight in parades throughout Central California."
He was the archetypical 49er of the modern day. For many years, he lived alone in a sagging shack he hand-built in the early 1950s on gold claims atop Mt. Eaton Road behind Tuolumne, Ca.
My Mom had an original copy of it. This is one that I found on the internet in years past. Once upon a time if you googled old Ben this would popup as number 1. Now I cannot even find it anymore.
I remember going to visit him on his mountain and riding his donkey. He would take us into his mines show us around. He had a really cool museum of old stuff too. When his health failed and he had to move into town looters took everything that wasn't nailed down.
He was 99 years old when he died in 2003.
Here are some more memories of Old Ben