Prospecting & Detecting
Colorado to California for Gold
January 2022 by Ray Mills
The total after a great day added with the previous days put them up to 9.07 pennyweight—just under a one-half ounce of beautiful California gold.
I Just Tripped Over A Nugget
I metal detected a number of years before I saw my first nugget peeking out from the dirt before I had scraped or dug for it. This one was in the steep sidewall of a narrow, but deep drywash.
Prospecting on the North Yuba
The research I did for “Gold in the Slate Creek Basin” (September 2011 issue) found me chasing a channel out of the LaPorte territory headed towards the old mining town of Brandy City, California.
The Hunt for Remote Canyon Gold
A large, 8-pennyweight piece popped out of a very small crevice where the water had been extremely swift in the winter, leaving no visible gravel.
Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Warm Buttocks and Frozen Assets
Luckily, at about that time, I buddied up with a somewhat cantankerous, but very helpful, guy named Rod. He had become a local legend for his ability to consistently find gold.
The Bucking Room
Since this position was the least desirable due to the hard physical labor, the bucking room was used as punishment. Do you have a mediocre worker? Bad attitude? Off to the bucking room!
Buying a Mining Claim: Questions to Ask
At one time or another, many miners will look seriously at purchasing a mining claim...Usually it’s a significant financial commitment, so how do you know if you are getting a good deal?
Downieville: Another Gold Rush Favorite
I didn’t know what to expect because the area we were working was not close to the water, but we were pleasantly surprised when we began to pan out some nice flakes and a few pickers.
The Bawl Mill • Ask The Experts - Geophysics or drilling? Which is best for this project? • Ask The Experts - How closely are black sand and gold related? • Why Is The Gold On Bedrock—Or Why Is It Not? • Breaking Boulders With Explosives • Historic Dredge Uncovered in North Carolina • Setting Up A Placer Operation • Grizzly Flats, California—Another Mother Lode Gold Rush Town • Drywashing Without A Drywasher • Late Fall Drywashing • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices