Dredging Alternative: High Banking
October 2009 by Chris RalphThe hope was that a bit of the gold from that famous old pocket mine had worked its way down the slope of the hill and into the gravels Pat and his crew were planning to mine.
When my field assistant Jay Roberts and I entered the mine, it appeared as if someone just walked out of the mine, turned off the lights and never returned.
The owners of many prospecting, dredging and mining operations may be missing a number of newly extended and expanded tax breaks under the false impressions that they expired. Other tax breaks that may have been overlooked in the past have now been clarified thanks to the last-minute passage of a new tax law.
In underground placer work, the contact point of the bedrock tunnel and the gravel is a very weak point and always has to be timbered. The bedrock here is thin, fractured, and the gravels loose from many years of oxidizing.
The Maggie Creek Mining District, of which the Gold Quarry Mine is a part, was first explored in the 1870s. The transcontinental railroad had recently been built through the area. Carlin, a rail stop about 7 miles south of the district...
I decided to focus my attention on some exposed bedrock that was along a little stream only about 100 yards from our cabins. My very first pan full of gravel showed several nice small flakes that were just big enough to be picked up with my fingers. That first pan showed that indeed there was some very nice gold to be had here...
Now, from all corners of the world, at all hours of the day and night, people call, trying to reach out and touch someone. Anyone, really, who might happen to be passing by when the Mojave Phone Booth starts ringing.
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