Quit While You’re Goin’ Good
June 2021 by Ralph Wetterhahn
Then I came to a section of recently exposed gravel that looked unworked. Water seeped out all around, making the ground beneath a sea of slick mud.
This article is about our recent gold prospecting adventure, which has yielded over 20 ounces of specimen gold—with more to come.
George was considering filling his dredge floats with closed-cell foam, ensuring that there would be no area available within each float for flooding.
The amount of gold in the traces from the low-grade scattered veinlets may be much more than the traces from the small but rich pocket, at least until the pocket hunter closes in on the rich pocket. Further confusion arises if the prospector stumbles across a placer deposit on one of the higher peaks.
The area was mined intermittently from around 1900 to 1915, but was also mined in the late 1800s, with a total output valued at about $100,000, which is around $9.5 million at the current gold price.
I have been detecting the area on and off since I discovered it. Every time I bought a new detector it was the first place I went to.
His findings were not exaggerated—after running 82 buckets of gravels in two days we had a remarkable 27.8 grams of gold!
Back at our campsite, while the rest of us grabbed a late four o’clock lunch, Fallyn volunteered to do the clean-up panning.
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