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.
Waiting to go underground in the Belmont Mine in Butte, Montana, I hoped that I didn’t look like a green college kid. I enjoyed watching the ropes run through the sheaves at the top of the head frame as the shaft crew was busy changing over...
Prospectors who specialize in electronic detecting for nuggets in desert areas are especially interested in this type of deposit, as it yields nuggets that are close to the surface of the ground...
The little-known Sunnyside district in Cochise County, Arizona, is on the southwest side of the Huachuca Mountains, which reach elevations in excess of 9,000 feet.
Part I of the article addressed modern placer gold deposits. This second installment will address “ancient” flood deposits.
• Gold in West Virginia?
In 1849, the story spreading around the Barnes Store (on the North Fork of the American near Colfax, California) was about some rich diggings being found up in the hills going east, and not very far up the ridge according to some accounts.
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