No Gravel, No Gold
November 2009 by Tom LeftwichIt was the spring and I was planning on dredging the east bank of the Mokelumne River near the whitewater falls of Slaughter House Gulch just out of Pine Grove, California. The water was high and remained that way into July.
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Excerpts for CMJ published 50 years ago this month.
BLM stated we had 30 days to amend our claim so that it fit within one 40-acre square or we would forfeit the claim.
Every time we prospected here we found gold, sometimes some really coarse flakes, but no large nuggets (yet).
It all occurred when Gus and I returned to a remote placer gold area where we had previously found really good gold. The problem was that it would take about an hour to walk through the desert to get to it.
Let’s set up a thought experiment: Suppose you had some material that ran one ounce per ton gold, which is generally considered high grade to fantastic grade depending on the circumstances.
A prospector, who wishes to remain nameless, located the pictured chevron gold specimens on October 29, 2003.
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