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Piggin' for Gold

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How to Beat the Heat--and The Bedrock


The pit was a classic one—exposed shale bedrock with all the material being washed out one end of the pit. Within a few minutes I had a nice mellow signal that was in open ground.

Arizona Prospector Rescued from Mine Shaft


“I heard him hollering down in the hole as soon as I got there,” he said. “I was just glad to see him alive.”

Detecting Canyon Bedrock in The Sierras


My plan was to go up the canyon along a ridge and then drop into the canyon whenever I came across a spot that might give me reasonable access.

Breaking Rock the Old School Way


Prospectors have many reasons why they might want to break rocks. These include dividing up a specimen too large to carry.

Following Clues to a Hidden Gold Deposit


Many years ago I was in the American Canyon. I remembered a few details about a placer deposit there, so we decided to make a trip down and re-check some of these old workings.

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