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Over The Divide: Jim Straight, 1930-2019

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Melman on Gold & Silver


While most precious metals observers tend to pay more attention to action in the gold market as opposed to silver, there are times when the white metal can give us particularly sharp price targets going forward.

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The Treasure Detective—Part III


In the 1800s, rich silver and gold mines along the eastern Sierras were supplied from Los Angeles by a wagon road with an important stage stop at Freeman Junction. Wagons carrying the gold and silver back from the mines to Los Angeles followed the same wagon road. A cottage industry of robbery arose where numerous individuals made a living holding up these wagons and making off into the hills with the loot.

The Lucky Shot Mine


I hobbled around on the broken up, sorted rock pile. Watching where I stepped, I kept my eye open for quartz with a gray-blue color imbedded throughout the samples I picked up.

Beach Mining for Gold


Commonly these layers contain small particles of gold and platinum, and in places where they are sufficiently concentrated, the metallic particles are abundant enough to be extracted profitably.

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