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In Pursuit of Gold and Silver in the Sierra Madres—Purchasing Land in Mexico

My wife and I spent three years laying the groundwork to build a processing mill for gold, silver, lead and some zinc in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Northern Mexico, in the state of Sonora. In this installment, I describe how we purchased the land to build the new mill.

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Dry Washer, Wet System or Metal Detector?


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Throw-Away Gold: Back to Basics


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The Wooden Cross


"I will go to America and reap my fortune, and when I come back to this God-forsaken town, people will treat me with respect and take their hats off to me even if you don't believe what I am saying." His wife lowered her head. She had heard all of this before...

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