Arizona's Border Silver Camps
July 2001 by Frank Lorey IIINot much has changed along the original stage road that runs easterly from an old schoolhouse northeast of Nogales into the Patagonia Mountains of southern Arizona. Marked on the maps as Duquesne Road, the route has been in use for over 130 years, climbing from the hot desert floor to an almost 6,000-foot elevation pass before dropping back down the eastern slope of the mountains to reach the old mining camps of Washington, Duquesne, and Lochiel.
Hold up a glass of tap water and take a look at it. It’s about as clear as the new Yukon water regulations require the water returning to rivers to be after being used by placer miners. The new limit of 25 parts per million (ppm) sediment does not leave a lot of maneuvering room in terms of discharge.
It’s been three years since the Siskiyou Regional Education Project (SREP) filed a lawsuit against the Siskiyou National Forest (SNF) in an attempt to require a Plan of Operation and financial guarantee (bond) for all mining located in Riparian Reserves (in or near water).
Russia is the world’s largest country, some 66 million square miles that stretch over 6,000 miles, east-west, across northern Europe and Asia. The population of 150 million is only half that of the United States, being confined mostly to the European part of Russia and the southern part of Siberia.
With gold hovering above $650 an ounce, interest in panning and prospecting for the pricey precious metal in northern Idaho’s icy streams and on its rugged mountainsides has enjoyed a mini-boom.
What goes into making a home? For starters, about 439 pounds of copper!
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