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Horsetail Gold

The horsetail is a type of plant that grows in sandy soil usually very close to a water supply. Its uses are many as it has a high silica content that allegedly can be of some medicinal value, but its primary function during the gold rush days was for...

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Procuring Mine Owner Permission at a Mine Site


The first experience involved an overgrown gold mine operated during the 1880s. A razed mill adjoined the mine and could be glimpsed from the isolated public dirt road I was traveling.

Finding Gold With Copper and Turquoise


The signs of copper, which the prospector most commonly sees in the field in outcrops and on the surface, are secondary minerals caused by the action of air and water on the original copper-bearing sulfides that were deposited deep...

Legislative and Regulatory Update


As mentioned in last month’s column, California Assemblywoman Lois Wolk attached a rider to the pending budget bill. The rider calls for a new study (Environmental Impact Report) on the effects of suction gold dredging, funding for the study, and a two-year moratorium on suction dredging while the study is being completed.

Looking Back


Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

Picks & Pans: In Search of a Vein: Looking for Hardrock in the Talkeetna Mountains


Down, down, down I plummeted into the narrow granite chute. In a matter of a few seconds, I envisioned myself lying crumpled in a field of mammoth, sharp, jagged granite rocks. In those few seconds, my thoughts also imagined my life ebbing...

The Bawl Mill


• Some of us probably recall the saying "the fly in the ointment."...
• "You must be morons to send me this letter!"
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