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Picks & Pans: Rattlesnakes in a Gold Camp

Leon 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.

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Bullion River's French Gulch Gold Mine


A gold button from Bullion River's French Gulch gold mineBullion 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.

The Eagle and High Peak Mines of Julian, California


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.

Town Hall Meeting in Sierra City, California


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.

Turning Hobby Mining into Business Mining


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.

The Art of Finding Coarse Gold Part IV—Recovery of Coarse Gold From Alluvial Placers


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...

What To Look For—And Look Out For—In A Placer Mineral Report


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.

Over The Divide


T. Lyle Taylor
Jan. 2, 1945 - Jun. 18, 2004

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