Gold Miners Become Tungsten Miners
February 2001 by Sam E. Phifer, P.G.The story begins in the early 1940s in Vance County, North Carolina, on a farm that belonged to the Hamme family. During spring plowing in 1942, one of the brothers accidentally plowed up an odd looking rock and took it home to show his younger brother who was studying geology at Duke University.
Everyone has heard of the golden beach at Nome, but Nome did not have the richest beach.
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As a precious metal, silver doesn’t have the allure of gold. As an investment, it’s not as hip as Google. But dowdy old silver is suddenly chic. Silver prices are at their highest in more than 25 years, and mining companies are riding an economic boom.
It was the spring and I was planning on dredging the east bank of the Mokelumne River near the whitewater falls of Slaughter House Gulch just out of Pine Grove, California. The water was high and remained that way into July.
After a while I got a very nice signal and out came a sweet kidney-shaped bit of gold weighing about three grams.
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