From the Editor
September 2005 by Scott HarnThanks to the hard work of our writers and staff, along with the support of our advertisers, we are beginning our 75th year in print.
Oregon Requires Permit for Hand Sluicing
At the time of this writing the draft permit for dredging in Oregon, which may also include small-scale operations like hand sluicing or possibly even panning, was not available for public comment or review.
Mystery of the Reed Gold Mine Nuggets
The discovery of gold in Little Meadow Creek in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, by young Conrad Reed, on a Sunday morning in the Summer of 1799, ushered in the search for gold in the continental United States.
Wyoming's Billion Dollar Nugget—The Trilogy Ends
Our testing over the past 15 years was to confirm or deny the USGS report completed in 1978. Besides the half acre test dig, we completed many additional test digs by hand and with the backhoe.
Gleaning for Gold
It couldn’t possibly be a bullet or other trash this deep into the hill. No sir, it was a solid zip-zip signal that I know so well.
Critical Minerals: Tungsten
Because tungsten minerals are heavy, exploration can be done using stream sediment samples. Prospectors looking for gold have found scheelite or wolframite in their placer concentrates, and in some cases this has led them to make important tungsten finds.
Melman on Gold & Silver
One of the oldest market sayings is that a securities bull market confirms its strength when it is “able to climb a wall of worries.” Well, that old adage was sure given an enormous workout last month as one hammer-blow after another hit the headlines.
The Bawl Mill
• Unsustainable is an understatement
• Famous last words...
• Their good deed did not go unnoticed
• Truth in Advertising
The Bawl Mill • Lode Gold in Honduras • Explosives Camp Lets Students Explore Booming Career Path • Tales of California Gold Discoveries 1st in a Series—Yankee Jim's • Picks & Pans: Perseverance Pays Off • Irish Gold • The Best Copper Town Anywhere • Drywashing and Detecting for Eluvial Placer Gold Research is the Key to Success—Part I • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices