Sierra County Gold—Part II
January 2014 by Chris Ralph...we will continue our examination of the rich streams and mining districts, and then take a look at some of the big nuggets that have been found here.
This is just the type of specimen that could have been easily ignored by the old-time miners. It felt a little heavier in my hand than a chunk of quartz of that size ought to have been.
Depth is not an issue unless the site is thoroughly cleaned of shallow trash, and it is far easier to isolate and remove targets using a small coil in a target rich location.
It was down deeper than I expected for surface trash. It wasn't until I was down six inches that the target screamed from my scoop.
"Suh-wheet!" I exclaimed as I sprang to my feet and quickly pumped my detector coil high overhead to alert Smokey that I had just found a nugget.
Time is a commodity which if traded would dwarf the price of gold. Nobody has enough of it; we can’t make more of it; and whether squandered or spent wisely, once gone, it’s gone forever. To find gold we have to spend time.
This year was a test. We had never done anything like this before, yet we grossed $30,000 in the short time we had to mine.
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