Arizona Prospector Rescued from Mine Shaft
November 2018 by Associated Press
“I heard him hollering down in the hole as soon as I got there,” he said. “I was just glad to see him alive.”
Over 200 panners competed in this two-day event to decide who was the best of the best.
The gold was very chunky and much of it had quartz attached. Even back then I knew that the gold was very close to its source.
A week later, a small team of us hit it again, and this time the gold really showed up.
Some claim they can smell gold. This may be, but when I take a whiff of gold, I smell dirt, rotten eggs, garlic or just nothing: my nose is everything but sensitive.
Using a snuffer bottle to pick it out of the pan, he continued his panning efforts. He continued to find more yellowish stuff, but it wasn’t shiny like he thought gold should look.
They must have assumed the paystreak was spotty and had been mined out, so they never mined as close to the side of the valley as they should have.
There are many smaller old hard rock mines out there—more than you might think. There are some small hard rock properties that are even open to be claimed if one does the right amount of research to find them.
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