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Deadly Explosion Ruled Accidental

A federal investigation shows that the explosion that killed a 42-year-old worker at the Trapper Mine near Craig in August 1999 was an accident.

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The Douglas Creek Placer District, Medicine Bow Mountains, Southeastern Wyoming


It was July. The cool mountain air filtered the harsh Wyoming sun making the day fairly pleasant. Winter had finally receded, but an occasional drift hid in the shadows of the forest. I drove into the heart of the Medicine Bow National Forest...

Silver and Base Metal Deposits of the Pioche District


The areas that were mineralized with the bedded ore were huge and vast tonnages were indicated, although they had no idea at the time.

Iron Minerals, Your Detector and Gold


It’s worthwhile for the prospector using a metal detector to know a little bit more about the association of iron and gold as well as how iron minerals affect your metal detector.

Picks & Pans: Miner Finds Heart of Gold


We started planning for this trip last year, after we left Ganes Creek, Alaska, and headed back to civilization. I found 4.75 ounces of very nice nuggets and the group had a total of 47.47 ounces  for the week.

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Recovering Values from Black Sands


Every placer miner has to deal with it in one form or another, and some locations have it far worse than others, but nearly every placer has at least some of it: black sand. It collects in our concentrates and gets in the way of recovering our fine gold.

Breaking Rock the Old School Way


Prospectors have many reasons why they might want to break rocks. These include dividing up a specimen too large to carry.

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