Historical Mining Methods
May 2004 by Frank Lorey IIIThe discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in 1848 started the great gold rush to California. The account that drew national and worldwide notice was a small, two-inch item at the bottom of the front page of the March 15, 1848 issue of the “Californian,” published in San Francisco. The article was attributed to B.R. Buckelew, and mentioned quantities of gold just being “gathered.”
Cusac Gold Mines is a Canadian junior mining corporation conducting their operations and explorations in one of the most remote areas in the North American continent, near the one-time town of Cassiar.
Gold dredgers were enlisted in an effort to salvage a rare stretch of chum salmon spawning grounds along the Columbia River between Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon.
• China pays American professors to play for both sides
• Odd times we live in
Geology is a science of general tendencies with frequent exceptions, not one of hard and fast rules that are always true and never vary. For almost every well-accepted rule of gold deposits, I can point you to a number of important exceptions.
You’ve likely read about some of the problems with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the Legislative Update section, and in previous issues of our publication. The problems never seem to end, and it is way past the time for reform. A current story highlights some of these problems.
There are clubs with claims in the area and there’s a section of the river open to the public, but the rest of the area is claimed up so do your research first.
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