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February 2016 by Chris RalphDesigning my own dredge...
My intention was to end this discussion with waypoints and routes, then I found USGS maps of the Plainfield Quadrangle.
The mysteries of this spot were only just starting to develop. There is nothing but very bland granite-type rocks here, meaning no bold, favorable indicators.
Detectors were invented long before I was born, but it was in the 1960s when they started to become an item popular enough to power a fledgling industry. The key development was miniature transistor technology replacing the old fashioned tube technology of the 1950s, making lightweight, affordable detectors possible.
My last update on this adventure was in the April 2012 issue and involved our search for the northern extension of the Cedarberg Mine. At that time we had found it and we were in the process of returning for some detecting when Mother Nature struck with a late rain and snow storm.
Heading to the sierra for another adventure! On The Road Again..
The holes were overloaded with explosives, but I didn’t know it. I was just a green mining engineer fresh out of school and told to watch as the experienced miners set the charge.
Joy was written on his face, holding up the nugget—his first ever nugget—that he and his grandpa dug up together.
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