Picks & Pans: Rattlesnakes in a Gold Camp
February 2004 by John AndersonLeon was leading the way as we hiked the trail out of North Canyon. Without any warning Leon leaped into the air. He had just spotted a big rattlesnake lying in the grass beside the trail.
Bullion River’s high-grade gold mine at French Gulch, near Redding, California, may be in some ways the last of the Mohicans, or perhaps it is the first of the great revival, but for the near term it is probably destined to be a little bit of both.
At an altitude of over 4,000 feet, in the mountainous terrain of eastern San Diego County, lies the once productive Julian Mining District. Beginning with placer prospecting in 1869, this area moved rapidly into underground quartz or vein mining for gold.
I was invited to attend a meeting on April 7 in Sierra City, between Forest Service officials and a group of concerned area miners regarding what the miners described as abuses by the BLM and local Forest Service officials.
The first thing a person should do is seriously consider whether they want to go mining as a hobby or a business, and the tax implications of the choice.
This last installment in the series will look at methods for finding and recovering coarse gold from alluvial (river and stream) placer environments. Unlike the residual and eluvial placers that we have considered previously, the force of flowing...
Buying a placer claim or investing in a placer mining property comes with plenty of financial risks. You need as much information as possible about the mineral deposit in order to minimize those risks.
T. Lyle Taylor
Jan. 2, 1945 - Jun. 18, 2004
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