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Picks & Pans: Gold Mining on Joie Osgood Ranch

Butte County, California—On January 29, 1978, Peter and I received permission from Joie Osgood to pan and look for gold on her property. The 3800 acre property was located about four miles northeast of Honcut, Butte County, California.

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• AZCO Mining Inc.
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• Royal Gold, Inc.
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• Vista Gold Corp.
• Placer Dome

The Lost Silver Triangle of the Sierra Madre—Conclusion: Tayopa, Guaynopa, and Guaynopita


Lieutenant Henry O. Flipper might well have been correct about the “Santa Fe de Rodríquez” being the name of what is now called Guaynopa. However, an Indian named Agustín de la Cruz, who was associated with Cristóbal Rodríquez, is credited with discovering the mine in 1741. It is probable that the Spanish settlement had indeed been found because of its rather extensive ruins.

Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: All Shook Up


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PLP Update


Clark talked about the history of dredging in California over the last couple of decades, the legal fight PLP has been involved in, and how in the last few years PLP has paved the way for this activity by winning a case in California state court and one in federal court.

Gold Deposits of the Ivory Coast


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Melman on Gold & Silver


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