John Fremont and the Gold Mines of Las Mariposas
August 2008 by Chris RalphJohn Frémont was a man whose luck regularly swung from one extreme to another. At times he seemed to be the luckiest man on earth, yet he sometimes made bad decisions that got him into a considerable amount of trouble.
The day is old in the Rangely Oil Field in northwestern Colorado. I’ve paused in my southbound trip to take a gander at this historic field, one of the largest in the state. Intricate pipelines funnel water and carbon dioxide to the source rock far below.
We decided to check some spots that were pretty good to us on previous trips. The detector was deceptively simple with few buttons and auto-ground balance.
The case is Fortner & Montana Multiple Use Association v. Broadwater County Soil Conservation District, Cause No. DV-04-45. Fortner is a miner who owns patented mining claims in Confederate Gulch in Broadwater County.
I’ve been taking a look at the mining and uses of a number of critical metals in series of articles, and it’s time to take a look at antimony.
For those who rarely nuggetshoot, or are thinking about doing a little occasional nugget hunting, to buy a specialized gold detector may not be financially practical. Fortunately, a coin shooter with do-all capabilities, while it may not be as sensitive to sub-grain flakes, is satisfactory for many nugget hunting situations, especially if a smaller accessory coil is used.
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