Picks & Pans: Crevicing & Sniping for Placer Gold
December 1999 by StaffEven though there has recently been a decline in the prices for most of the precious metals, an increasing number of amateur prospectors are still finding that prospecting for precious metals is an exciting, enjoyable, and sometimes profitable occupation.
Gov. Kenny Guinn added his backing to a protest against the Forest Service in Elko as an estimated 10,000 shovels arrived in Nevada in a show of support from loggers, ranchers and miners across the country.
• Bill introduced to repeal RAT
• Rock Creek — Alaska
• Rock Creek — Montana
His findings were not exaggerated—after running 82 buckets of gravels in two days we had a remarkable 27.8 grams of gold!
Placer gold was found near South Pass, at the south end of the Wind River Mountains, in 1842, and lode gold was discovered in the same area in 1867. The principal gold rush was between 1867 and 1874.
The Sunshine Mine in northern Idaho could start running again in 2008.
Eager to earn hard currency, isolated North Korea is trying to modernize its decrepit mining industry with foreign help.
The first pieces found were in a spot that most gold hunters would not even detect, right in the middle of a downslope meadow.
The Bawl Mill • Over the Divide • Our Readers Say • Desert Phone Trashed • ICMJ Elected Prospecting Magazine of 1999 • Advertising Manager Leaving ICMJ • Guest Editorial—California "Special" Dredge Permits in Jeopardy • The Search Continues • Guest Editorial: U.S. Government—Like Nobody's Business • Circulation and Collections Manager Leaving ICMJ • Company Notes • House Chair Requests Records on Forest Decision • BLM Wants to Withdraw South Pass Public Land • Silverton Preserving Lofty Symbol of Mining Era • Hijackers Make Off With 660 Pounds of Gold • Prospecting With a Magnetometer • 1999 Tables of Content • Lighting the Way Underground 1860-1940s • Millie's Tailings • Looking Back • Gold in Sonora • Forest Service Boss Quits in Bull Trout Flap • Melman on Gold & Silver • European Gold Miners Seek Clarification Letter • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Squeezing Diamond Into Graphite