In Pursuit of Gold and Silver in the Sierra Madres—Buying the Pilot Mill
July 2007 by Mike LowenIn 2005, my wife and I, along with our supervisor Horacio, made numerous business and supply trips from Arivechi, Sonora, to the capital of Sonora, Hermosillo. This is a distance of 135 miles along a very narrow paved mountain road.
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
You can learn a lot from a small mining operation because you have to become proficient in every job. Soon I was preparing fuses, placing powder (dynamite) and learning the ins and outs of drilling and blasting.
Back in the early 1800s, there was a gold mine being dug in a mining community called Garden Valley. Garden Valley is located northeast of Sacramento, between Georgetown and Coloma. They called it Garden Valley because there were some miners who thought there might be more money in growing and selling vegetables than in mining for gold.
Once I started dredging with heated water pumped into my wetsuit, I never went back to not having heat except late in the summer when the water is very warm.
HPT Research recently tested their patented process for treating Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) on thousands of gallons of contaminated water at the Mammoth Mine.
• ANWR through Senate
• Several proposed bills up for comment
• Okay, there is one good bill
"This is just the tip of the iceberg," Hill said. "It's going to take 200 years to dig it all out."
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