A Working Arrastra
April 2004 by Dr. Ralph E. PrayIf everything you see, the men, the animals, the crude mechanism that grinds gold from rock, everything around you, looks to be from centuries ago, if the mysterious sound you hear is pure history and the smell around you is primitive, if the earth beneath your feet quivers with untold strangeness; and, the taste in your mouth sweeps time out of mind then, if all of this happens at once, if every one of your five senses has taken you into the past, then you’ve traveled back in time.
We received entries from readers in fourteen states for our contest to find out who has the oldest surviving copy of the Journal, originally named the California Mining Journal..
As usual, the decision process was extremely difficult, but we managed to pick our 10 winners.
Logging on federal land plummeted—over 84% since the 1980s. And that management tool was replaced with—nothing.
There is one gold prospecting requirement... that remains a steeper challenge to prospectors in certain portions of the United States.
On a personal note, very little has bothered me quite as much as the fact that some on the political left are crying “foul” about the fact that Secretary Clinton may have (the outcome is still slightly uncertain at press time) gained more popular votes than the President-elect and therefore the election result is “wrong.”
The Bawl Mill • Our Readers Say • Wyoming—A Land That Time (And Explorationists) Forgot • Two Arrested in Alleged Mining Investment Scheme • Wall-Rock Alteration • Melman Reports From PDAC—News About India, China, and a Potential Shortage of Nickel • Picks & Pans: Family's Identity Forged Working Nevada's Gold • Researching Suitable Areas to Detect for Free-Milling Gold • Training Videos From NIOSH • The Golden Highway—Amador County • Prospectores Unite in Washington State • Flexible Circuits Possible From Gold Wire • Looking Back • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices