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It's Not Always El Dorado

This was “pocket” country. All around were “pockets” that had been hand dug by old and new miners.

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Lost Sally's Gold


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There were iron stains all over and even a few places where I could see iron trash sticking out of the bedrock. These would be ideal spots to start with as the gold travels with the iron and lead.

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