Resurrecting An Old Hard Rock Mine
December 2018 by Ron Kliewer
There were nice sections of vein material at the end of several drifts, like they just stopped work one day and walked away.
Our theory was that a dredge would collect far more material in a shorter period of time, leaving us with ounces of gold every day.
There were iron stains all over and even a few places where I could see iron trash sticking out of the bedrock. These would be ideal spots to start with as the gold travels with the iron and lead.
…the “One More Time” has turned into three more trips and each of the three has yielded more gold each time down.
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.
Shallow water crevicing or sniping can produce gold if you’re persistent, a hard worker and lucky. It’s nice to have a snorkel, wet suit and goggles. The best practice for success, in my humble opinion, has always been to determine the best gold location and then figure out how to capture it.
Last month, in “Following Clues to a Hidden Gold Deposit,” I ended the article with the direction that we were on the hunt! We were getting prepared and ready to roll with our detectors, then snow came, and lots of it. We had already found the seam diggings mine on the mountainside in wild, rough brush and trees. It had been well hidden.
Take a look at the picture—it’s pretty simple and you can build it yourself.
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