Picks & Pans: Dredging Costa Rica
October 2001 by A.K. WilliamsMy interest in gold mining began with a few friends who, knowing that I was a chemist by trade (never mind that I am a biochemist), interrogated me every day at the gringo coffee shop in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Leaving El Dorado County and crossing the middle fork of the American River, the next county along Highway 49, the “Golden Highway,” is Placer County. The county also owes its name to the mining heritage of the gold rush.
Mining is coming back to Leadville, at least in spirit.
The first time I flew into the Juneau area in southeastern Alaska, I was about 5 years old. I recall it was raining and the clouds hung low over the tall mountains. I was sure we’d crash and couldn’t see how the...
One of the most asinine proposals in the SEIR is to require miners to state when and where they will be dredging. This information would be accessible to the public, which would make them prime candidates for getting their homes burglarized while they are out mining.
With every look at the box I was pulling out a few pickers and a nugget or two. The smile I had the previous night just got bigger and bigger throughout the day.
In the April 2001 issue of ICMJ, we published the opening statement of Michael Miller, President of Original Sixteen to One, in his administrative challenge of MSHA citations. Following is Michael Miller’s closing statement.
What better place to dredge for gold in the early 1970s than downhill from the largest gold mine in the US? Gold prices were rising, and it was a good time and place to shop for a prospect.
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