Ghost Towns of Washington County, Utah
October 2002 by Frank Lorey IIIAs people race by on Interstate 15 through the southwestern portion of Utah, they miss many relics of early silver mining and agricultural days hidden just off the freeway. Washington County had a rich mining and farming history dating back to Civil War times, and there are some that believe it still holds some hope for future mining.
The beauty of natural gold is widely appreciated by both prospectors and mineral collectors, but the pinnacle of beautiful natural gold specimens are the spectacular crystalline formations.
For those who rarely nuggetshoot, or are thinking about doing a little occasional nugget hunting, to buy a specialized gold detector may not be financially practical. Fortunately, a coin shooter with do-all capabilities, while it may not be as sensitive to sub-grain flakes, is satisfactory for many nugget hunting situations, especially if a smaller accessory coil is used.
• People in lead houses should not throw stones...
• The Anything-but-Affordable Care Act
When everything is still dry, one of my favorite methods of prospecting is using a straw to blow out small cracks and crevices that dot the exposed bedrock along a stream.
I recently attended two out of three days of the California Mining Association’s Annual Conference in Monterey, California, and found it well worth my time.
…it was immediately evident the previous owner had not been using a detector. During just a few months of working the dumps part-time, he recovered gold in quartz specimens valued in excess of $40,000.
• Couer Alaska
• Formation Capital
• Revett Minerals
• Pathfinder Resources
• Commander Resources
The Bawl Mill • Our Readers Say • Placer Gold in Idaho • Working the Belmont Mine Butte, Montana—1953 • Simple Sluice Design • Cobalt and Nickel in Missouri • Sunshine Mine Video Brings Back Painful Memories • Hardrock Detecting • Gold Garbage: Scams New & Old • Company Notes • Picks & Pans: Confessions of a Professional Nuggetshooter • Gondwana Gold and Diamonds • Looking Back • The Fire Within • 2002 California State Gold Panning Championships—Foresthill, California • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Melman on Gold & Silver