Gold and Silver Deposits of Bodie, California
November 2019 by Alex Dolbeare
Bodie, California, in its heyday, was once rumored to be one of the roughest and most lawless towns in the American West.
The Reno Masonic Lodge was built along the railroad tracks back when Ulysses S. Grant was president and shortly after the Comstock Lode of gold and silver was struck in Virginia City.
It seemed that the preacher always gave the same answer to anyone who asked where his gold had come from. His answer was, “If you know your gold, you can find it. However, you will have to find it the hard way, the way I found it.”
What many people don’t realize is that the Comstock Lode produced over 8,000,000 ounces of gold…
Many of the Sixteen to One’s challenges arise from its unusual geology and the pocket characteristics of the ore deposits.
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.
For a time uranium was more popular with prospectors than gold, but this is no longer true, and it has been decades since it was common to see individuals armed with Geiger counters out in the field.
While both zinc and lead deposits also are enriched by the surface weathering process, in part two we will look at the enrichment process for copper and also gold deposits, and at the interpretation of leached outcrops to figure how rich the concentrated deposits below them may be.
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