Picks & Pans: Nuggetshooting Around Cactus
December 2005 by Jim StraightI mostly nugget hunt within the Great Basin and Mojave desert areas of California and Nevada, and less frequently the Sonoran desert of Arizona. I have discovered the gamma grass, sagebrush and creosote areas of the Great Basin and Mojave are friendlier to nuggetshoot than the vegetation within the Sonoran desert.
In 1880, Alexander Roby Shepherd, former governor of Washington, DC, prepared to move his wife and family of six children to the wilds of the Sierra Madre. Going with him would be mining men, cooks, assistants, a bookkeeper and others to assist in the new adventure.
During the past decade, silver has been in a pronounced bull market, which many analysts attribute to its unique attractions as both a monetary and industrial metal. One Canadian junior miner, SilverCrest Mines Inc., is working actively to take advantage of silver’s favorable performance by steadily expanding production at its flagship Santa Elena Mine...
Superintendent Tom Phillips soon returned to the mines with fellow worker Thomas J. Findlay, and began repair work. Phillips had already determined that the machinery had been operated at various times by armed forces...
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During the two weeks that Jack had been hanging around the dump, no more than a dozen words had passed between us. As far as I knew, he didn’t know any more about me than I did about him. Consequently, I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard Jack ask, “Would you like to come and work with me?”
In other words, just like those that move next to an airport and then complain about the noise, Mr. Riskedahl deliberately went out of his way to “witness and document the effects of suction dredge mining,” and when he found some, he was annoyed by it!
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