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Discovery of the Silver Bullets

In 1926, Carl W. Chilson wrote the authentic history of his family and the discovery of the legendary Apache Mine of the Silver Bullets. The story starts out in 1868 when Steve L. Chilson leaves Bandera, Texas, with his family en route...

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Melman on Gold & Silver


Talk about “déjà vu!” Americans woke up early morning Tuesday, November 6 with a Democratic President; a Senate with a narrow Democratic lead and a House with a strong Republican majority. They went to bed late Tuesday night with a Democratic President; a Senate with a narrow Democratic lead and a House with a strong Republican majority.

Oil Seeps in Northern California


Indians used asphalt from oil seeps in California for caulking boats and other objects long before the white man arrived. Spaniards noted seeps as early as 1542, and the Portola expedition in 1769 used oil for wagon axles and as a fuel. Spaniards also used crude stills for obtaining lamp oil for use in the missions.

The Bawl Mill


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Picks & Pans: Highbanking on the American River


Steve and I decided to try our luck on the North Fork doing a little highbanking, or motor sluicing as the liberals would call it. 

Ask The Experts—Where to Take Sulfide Ore for Processing


Q: I have a high grade silver-copper vein. In my area of NE Washington, hundreds of these veins were mined and shipped ore years ago. The vein is not a problem to mine, the problem is whom do I sell the sulfide ore to these days?...

Basic Geology for the Independent Miner—Part IV Geology of Hardrock Gold Deposits


Geologic processes can either concentrate or disperse gold and other elements from adjacent rocks. It is the results of the concentration processes that the prospector is most interested in.

How to Stake Your Own Claim—Researching Mining Claims


Once you have determined that the land is locatable, the next step in the claim research process is to determine if the land has already been claimed by a previous locator.

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