Mining the Old-Timers
June 2008 by R. V. Larson“They’re taking it to the grave with them.” These words came from my Canadian mining partner when we discussed what he had learned from an elderly gentleman in a nursing home. While that particular visit was not very successful, we had a number of others that worked out far better.
…a small part of Buddy‘s business was the half-dozen or so “miners” down the bad, single-lane road behind Nothing. I was told that there was more partying and drinking than mining at these claims, though.
Submitted by Jeff Harris
People for the U.S.A.
• Barrick Gold Corp.
• Montana Resources
• Placer Dome
• Newmont Mining
• Norilsk Nickel
• AngloGold Ltd.
• Ashanti Goldfields Co. Ltd.
• Randgold Resources
• Ivanhoe Mines Ltd.
While river dredging in fast water, don’t be afraid of being swept out of your dredge hole by the current. If this happens—and it most certainly will in fast water—there is no need to panic. Don’t try to swim against the current because you will waste much energy in an effort to conquer the river. Just let it take you downstream.
I made my way up past where I left off and the wash was going to end in about 100 feet. It was then I got a sweet signal.
As a guide to those who are thinking of taking up this activity or those who currently practice this trade, I have created a listing of the primary tools and equipment I use when nugget hunting.
The country we were to visit was Burkina Faso, a small country about the same size of my home state of Nevada with about 10 times more people. The second day I was in Africa, we went out to the goldfields for the first time.
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