Fortymile, Alaska Prospecting Adventure
August 2013 by Steve HerschbachSome creeks have nuggets, while others, particulary the rivers, nothing but fine gold.
As we walked back we were just reaching the point of where the faulting should be and there, covered with deep grass, was very faint evidence of an old road going up the mountainside! What was that old road doing there?
There are a few questions you will need to ask yourself before you apply for a suction dredge permit from the State Water Resources Control Board.
The first pieces found were in a spot that most gold hunters would not even detect, right in the middle of a downslope meadow.
Can a metal detector be used to find limonitic gossan material?
Problems finding gold with a detector
Our research indicated this whole area had been claimed by Newmont mining company for several years, but when the price of gold dropped they let the claims expire, and we confirmed this with the local BLM office.
To get to the gold, the miners had to remove the shale pieces and stack them on the sides while sluicing the remaining material through their boxes.
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