A Real Placer Miner
November 2002 by William LewisSo you think you know a lot about placer mining? Well let me tell you about a placer miner that has forgotten more about placer mining than you and I will ever learn in our lifetimes.
In 1977, when the price of tungsten hit one of its highs, three of us formed U.S. Western Mines to look for scheelite, the mineral ore of tungsten. Union Carbide Corporation was purchasing raw tungsten ore at...
Only the richest ores could be worked and shipped off for processing at a profit. As a result, early mining in the southern part of the Humboldt Range was short-lived. In the 1880s, placers were discovered in Spring Valley and American Valley on the east side of the range...
As mentioned in last month’s column, California Assemblywoman Lois Wolk attached a rider to the pending budget bill. The rider calls for a new study (Environmental Impact Report) on the effects of suction gold dredging, funding for the study, and a two-year moratorium on suction dredging while the study is being completed.
As people race by on Interstate 15 through the southwestern portion of Utah, they miss many relics of early silver mining and agricultural days hidden just off the freeway. Washington County had a rich mining and farming history dating back to Civil War times, and there are some that believe it still holds some hope for future mining.
What also helped keep Coulterville alive was the fact that the town itself happened to be sitting on top of one of the richest veins in the Mother Lode. The ledge itself was three hundred feet wide.
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
The Bawl Mill • Our Readers Say • Lamproites and Diamonds • Working the Belmont Mine, Butte, Montana—1953 (Part 2) • Mojave Desert Gold • Miner Unhappy After Judge Dismisses Charges • Picks & Pans: Fig Tree, Grape Vine and Good Gold • Sluicing on Bedrock • Sandstone Silver in Texas • A Few Prospecting Notes From Jim Straight • Explorers to Salvage Gold-Laden Ship • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Looking Back