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We all love to see that first glimmer of gold when it peeks out from under the black sand in our pan, or feel the weight of a nugget in our scoop when we dig a good target. But sometimes things don’t go quite so smoothly.
The Preble’s meadow jumping mouse, once seen as a costly impediment to development, is now viewed by the government as a critter that never really existed—and is no longer in need of federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.
I couldn’t wait to get started. With no field budget, an assay budget of $100/year, a 1975-Ford Bronco that was a road hazard, a gas card, a topo map and full support of the director, I headed to the State Line district near Tie Siding along US Highway 287 to begin mapping kimberlite.
In some places valuable ores can be found within the waste material of mine dumps, sorted ore piles, and detrital vein matter at the surface. Though many of these old mine sites can be an excellent source of gold, not all are created equal.
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
How to find gold with a metal detector: The technology certainly has improved quite a bit over the years, so when these owners are testing various types of gold on their machines and they find that some gold responds poorly or not at all...
The Bawl Mill • Placer Gold in Idaho • Working the Belmont Mine Butte, Montana—1953 • Simple Sluice Design • Cobalt and Nickel in Missouri • Sunshine Mine Video Brings Back Painful Memories • Hardrock Detecting • Gold Garbage: Scams New & Old • Company Notes • Picks & Pans: Confessions of a Professional Nuggetshooter • Gondwana Gold and Diamonds • Looking Back • Ghost Towns of Washington County, Utah • The Fire Within • 2002 California State Gold Panning Championships—Foresthill, California • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Melman on Gold & Silver