Piggin' for Gold
May 2015 by Tom LeftwichTake a look at the picture—it’s pretty simple and you can build it yourself.
Since this position was the least desirable due to the hard physical labor, the bucking room was used as punishment. Do you have a mediocre worker? Bad attitude? Off to the bucking room!
Today, the greatest gold rushes occur due to technological advances capable of discovering gold where it once was extremely unlikely or difficult.
Fortunately, there are products on the market that can address these problems and make a small-scale mining operation feasible.
Detectors have been around for decades now. And with thousands of them swinging, many of the best or at least most likely nugget places have seen a swinging coil. The part that amazes me is that so many nuggets still get pulled out of these seemingly pounded places.
As I have always done, I stashed those heavy black rocks in my pack and put them in the garden at home. They never were given a second thought until a half decade later…
Part I of the article addressed modern placer gold deposits. This second installment will address “ancient” flood deposits.
So why would a modern-day prospector want to learn about a method of mining that was banned by the courts more than a century ago?
The Bawl Mill • Ask The Experts • Ask The Experts • California's Mother Lode Quartz Veins • Key to Successful Prospecting: Confidence • What To Look For—And Look Out For—In A Placer Mineral Report • Additional Note on Bluff's Beach • Surface Indications Of Quartz Adularia Epithermal Deposits • Montana’s Rosetta Stone: Discovering Mines In The Treasure State • Perception of Mining vs. Reality • Partnering for Tax Savings • Over The Divide: Charles Lewis Garrett • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Melman on Gold & Silver