May 2002 by Reggie GouldDuring the summer break of my first year of college in the late ‘50s, I was unemployed and bored, so my friends and I decided to do some gold mine exploration. We used to read a magazine called Treasure and had a good idea of where all the gold mines were located.
We all know that it was never Congress’ intent to regulate gold panners and other individual mine operators through MSHA. In fact, I believe the concept of owner-operated mines with no employees was so strange a concept to the lawmakers that they never even thought there would be a need for such an exemption.
The not-so-silent partner of every small or large mining operation and business, Uncle Sam, has quite a bit to say about how safe the operation should be and how it should operate safely. Although the government rarely funds the rules and regulations that businesses are required to comply with, some relief can often be found in our tax laws.
Seldom in the 22 years we have been writing in this space have we ever seen a parade of such important events pass along the world’s newswires and print media.
…to see the huge differences between the gold production amounts of the Western States, let’s look at the gold production—both hard rock and placer—of these 13 states up to the present.
Silver was discovered in the mountains as early as 1875, but the first “official” discovery was in 1881.
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.
The Bawl Mill • Our Readers Say • California Wilderness Coalition and The Nature Conservancy Recruit Government Employees to Carry Out Huge Land Grab • Drywashing Rules Clarified • Mineralized Calderas in Colorado • The Keystone Gold-Copper District, Medicine Bow Mountains, Southeastern Wyoming • Picks & Pans: Mining Tungsten Ore—A Case History • Gold in Oregon • Aussie Gold—A Look at the Northern Territory • The Phoenix Gold Mine: A Brief History • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Looking Back • Melman on Gold & Silver