Historic Dredge Uncovered in North Carolina
January 2022 by Scott Harn
The Robinson is a wooden bucket-line dredge that was built in the early 1900s in New York and shipped in pieces to Nash County in North Carolina by train for reassembly.
Mike and Machael dug in just downriver of that boulder pile and right away found good color and a few small pickers.
Located 23 miles south of Libby, the land surrounding the Libby Creek area has been of interest to prospectors since the early 1860s, when it was home to up to 600 miners working at a camp known as Libbysville.
...I decided to excavate the semi-frozen high-bank that was resting on a soft shale bedrock footing. Within three feet, I encountered an intrusive!
...a large number of these aspiring miners developing their operations seemed to have missed "Placer Mining 101" somewhere along the way.
This same concept is true of many of our modern-day rivers, and we have to find out where their gold originated if we can.
It is better in a gem and mineral mining operation that the driller, blaster and mucker be the same person in order to be able to predict placement of the desired mineral enriched pockets.
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