Picks & Pans: The Glory Hole
April 2005 by Rose KlemenokI started the New Year of 1998 with great anticipation of finding that elusive vein of gold. Twice a year I planned my vacation carefully, not to miss the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekend. I wanted to be smack in the heart of the Downieville gold field.
The solo prospector in his canvas field clothes and skin-thick skiff is still king of the rain forest in southeastern Alaska. Even with all the highly trained field people and their helicopters, it is he who ventures forth across ocean water and in the bush to search for new wealth hidden beneath the green carpet of the vast Tongass Forest.
Move over gold and make way for platinum and palladium. Investors are taking a shine to these lesser-known precious metals as their prices rise.
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There are numerous legends involving “lost” Spanish mines and treasures in central Texas, some of which have actually been found. The most famous mine, which remains lost, is the San Saba.
For miners holding a mining claim, mill site or tunnel site on public lands, August 31, 1999 is the last day to meet the annual filing requirement and pay the $100 maintenance fee to the Bureau of Land Management.
Public Lands for the People is working on a Miner's Bill of Rights with the support of several members of Congress.
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