January 2000Excerpted from the U.S. Geological Survey's 1998 Annual Review by Earle B. Amey, Gold Commodity Specialist.
Plumas County has a rich heritage of gold mining, much of it from placer deposits that can still be searched and panned today. Being at the far northern end of California’s famed Mother Lode, it is quite often overlooked by those searching for gold today—really a well-kept secret after all of these years!
An original copy of our very first issue was recently found at the North Star Mining Museum in California by Carol Marshall, and the museum was nice enough to return it to us! (Read the full story.)
The issue is now available as a free pdf download. The file is approximately 7Mb.
(A black & white reprint is also available for $6.00 plus postage.)
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• When geologists and old-timers have conflicting views.
Q: Tantalite in an African nation -- is it worth pursuing?
As you search for cryptovolcanic structures in Colorado and Wyoming look to see if the anomaly has white soil. If the anomaly lies within a forest of pines, often the depression will occur in a distinct treeless area outlined by aspens and willows.
The Bawl Mill • Over the Divide • Our Readers Say • Letter from the Editor to our Readers and Advertisers • Administration Considers Bypassing Congress • First Woman to Draw Mining Pension • Small Mine Selective Blasting • Mohave Mountain Placers, Arizona • High Court to Reconsider Wilderness Water Rights • Sixteen to One Takes on MSHA • Picks & Pans: Gold Mining on Joie Osgood Ranch • Company Notes • Millie's Tailings • Placer PGMs in Alaska • Mogollon—New Mexico's Remote Gold Camp • ICMJ 9th Annual Photo Contest Results • The Other Minerals of Mt. Diablo • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Looking Back