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Exploring Snakehead

On our fourth trip, we finally reached the top edge of the old hydraulic pit, and it was monstrous.

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Libby, Montana Prospectors Keep Tradition Alive


Located 23 miles south of Libby, the land surrounding the Libby Creek area has been of interest to prospectors since the early 1860s, when it was home to up to 600 miners working at a camp known as Libbysville.

Piles of Gold


These gritty clay lines were only a quarter of an inch up to three inches wide. Once the line had been laid out, they would look at the wall of gritty clay material and seek more indicators.

Attention to Detail - Part II


Ditches almost always started in the high country and contoured the mountainsides, making a long drop, usually many miles away, to the goldfields. There are ditches in Trinity County that originate at seven and eight thousand feet in the Trinity Alps that carried water almost thirty miles.

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Some ask if a prospector can collect an entire ounce in a day. It is possible; I’ve done it before.

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This article is about our recent gold prospecting adventure, which has yielded over 20 ounces of specimen gold—with more to come.

Highbanking for Gold


Pumps can be set up quite a distance away horizontally from the sluice, even hundreds of feet. It will work so long as there is sufficient water at the source where the pump is located. Vertical distance is more of a problem than horizontal distance; 30 to 40 feet is the maximum vertical climb for most pumps.

My Lucky Month of March


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