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.
Rick donned a pair of fiberglass shin guards that he normally wore dredging, just in case he uncovered the rattlesnake during his digging and rock moving. I wasn’t convinced they were going to provide enough protection.
I had never run an impact mill before, but anything involving rocks, water and a big electric motor sounded great.
A while back I was given a very special opportunity to take my metal detector to one of the most famous gold mines in all of California, the Original Sixteen to One mine in Alleghany.
Gold nuggets come in all forms, but I never expected that dinosaur nuggets would too, and at a decent price.
The sun was beginning to set, which put the light at just the right angle against the hillsides to where I believed that I spotted a very small dig and tailings pile up the hill near the top of the second wash.
I returned to the WSPA claim. Still smug from my previous success, I was thinking I could not fail. However, the gold gods had other plans.
Most dry washers have a feed rate adjustment. It needs to be set so that the material flows evenly over the riffles and does not bury them.
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