Following Clues to an Old Mill and Vein Strike
August 2012 by Don RobinsonMy last update on this adventure was in the April 2012 issue and involved our search for the northern extension of the Cedarberg Mine. At that time we had found it and we were in the process of returning for some detecting when Mother Nature struck with a late rain and snow storm.
Some ask if a prospector can collect an entire ounce in a day. It is possible; I’ve done it before.
While a large number of locations have yielded some placer gold, most of the state’s placer production has come from a few productive districts.
The big moment finally arrived. With Norm suited up, I pulled the motor to life and felt instantly better. There’s really something relaxing about the sound of a dredge running—they don’t sound like anything else.
I knew the nuggets got into the nugget patch somehow, I just had to figure out how and from what direction they came.
Can a metal detector be used to find limonitic gossan material?
So much of gold detecting depends on attention to detail. Every gold area offers its own distinct geological markers and as prospectors we must pick up on those markers.
This year was a test. We had never done anything like this before, yet we grossed $30,000 in the short time we had to mine.
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