Melman on Gold & Silver
October 2006 by Leonard MelmanIf the events of the past month have proven anything, they have confirmed the old adage that gold is truly a measuring device for the “International Temperature.” During the first half of the year and into mid-August, wars, threats of Iranian “peaceful” nuclear devices and North Korean nuclear jawboning drove gold to two-decade highs and kept it well above $600 per ounce.
Once you have determined that the land is locatable, the next step in the claim research process is to determine if the land has already been claimed by a previous locator.
During the 49’er gold rush, because of harsh winters and adverse river conditions, the working season could be restricted for a week or more at a time. Moreover, many of the “argonauts” (a term dating back to the adventures of the early Greek gold seekers in seeking the Golden Fleece), were unprepared both mentally and physically to meet the harsh conditions.
We were very sad to learn that Darryl J. Nelson, long-time owner and operator of Reno Prospectors Supply in Reno, Nevada, died December 18, 2010...
In retrospect, I can now see that the thoughtless breaking of one of my safety rules regarding not dredging alone was to be a lesson I won’t soon forget.
A year of work and preparation has come and gone as the Western Mining Artifact Show was held this past June 29th at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City, California. It was three days of fun and adventure delighting in the glory of the golden days of California gold mining of long ago.
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
The Bawl Mill • The Plumas Eureka District • California State Gold Panning Championships • Mergers Continue at Record Pace • The Yukon-Klonkide Goldfields—Part II • Foreign Investment Hits More Roadblocks • The Treasure Detective—Part IV The Story of Goldstone Nuggets • Another Uranium Boom in the West • Court: Kennecott Eagle Minerals Application Complete • Remote Mining Camps of Yuma County • The Robin Redbreast Lode • Final Buckhorn Mountain Study Released