Picks & Pans: Confessions of a Small Miner—Part I
March 1999 by Wally MierasOn a beautiful day in 1971, my wife and I were scratching around some old miner's camp when I dug up a metal gold pan and thought I would try my hand at panning for gold. (mistake #1)
Their rewards were far better than they had anticipated, resulting in one of the best clean-ups they had ever seen.
The next morning, I retrieved the compressor and again attacked the sticky head bolt. As if by magic (and some applied physics) the head bolt sighed and finally broke loose.
A few miles north of Fairbanks stands what looks like a shack pushed back against a hill. Behind its front door dwells a distant past when saber-toothed tigers, mastodons and even camels roamed Alaska's Interior.
Gold in clastic black shale
• Biden’s incoming administration has green agenda
• Habitat definition finalized
Perhaps no one factor has caused more confusion in the search for ore than the attempt to use color as a guide to prospecting. Yet, there is a reason for every color seen in rocks, so it deserves to be noted.
The Bawl Mill • New York Meeting Examines Gold's Monetary Role • Death Valley Find is Apparent Hoax • Mining Ends in Leadville • Mine Woes Could Mean Higher Taxes • The Federal Land Survey System • Exchange Moves to Protect Investors from Mining Scams • The Beer That Saved Goldfield • Mining Benefits Everyone During Winter Months • AZ Miners and Minerals Department Threatened with Elimination • Alaska Minerals Poster Available from BLM • Digital Tools—The PC and GPS • Small Mines Bill Clears Committee • Successful Mineral Property Promotion • Gold in Moffat County, Colorado • Forest Service Chief Calls for Mining Moratorium in Montana • Governor Tells Industry He Will Consider Tax Cuts • Company Notes • Gold Mine Becomes "Golden Partner" of California Sesquicentennial • IBLA Limits Patent to Mineral Rights in Wild & Scenic River Corridors • Melman on Gold & Silver • Claim Staking Rush Northern Quebec, Canada • Looking Back