June 1999 by StaffExcerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
...your sampling procedures should not be designed to catch gold your mining technique will never recover.
The nugget sat there in plain sight, though it was covered in dirt, while hundreds of people had passed that way every day.
Walking around the gulch and exploring the upper drainage, picking up different rocks and inspecting them with a good loop, and looking them up in a field guide of rocks and minerals of your region will help you understand how the gold got there.
The only thing that saved me was talking to a local miner who gave me a “heads up” that private individuals owned all the mineral rights in that section.
Without a telephone, electricity, or television in his isolated cabin, Olson led a simple and peaceful life. He enjoyed living in a remote canyon surrounded by a vast wilderness. Mining for gold absorbed his days.
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