Silver at Calico, California
April 2001 by Edgar B. Heylmun, PhDSilver was discovered in the mountains as early as 1875, but the first “official” discovery was in 1881.
I started with, "Hey, Rusty, tell me about the time..." and that was all it took.
...here in America, another legislative financial crisis was averted as the National Debt limit was extended in January to $16.394 trillion. Only one year ago the authorized debt limit was a “mere” $14.294 trillion.
Some experienced panners with the vigor and longevity to spend a full day panning in the small creeks and ravines can possibly find as much as a gram or more on a good day.
In the 1800s, rich silver and gold mines along the eastern Sierras were supplied from Los Angeles by a wagon road with an important stage stop at Freeman Junction. Wagons carrying the gold and silver back from the mines to Los Angeles followed the same wagon road. A cottage industry of robbery arose where numerous individuals made a living holding up these wagons and making off into the hills with the loot.
Their rewards were far better than they had anticipated, resulting in one of the best clean-ups they had ever seen.
My hunch was that the gold is coming down the apron, falling off to both sides and into both gulches. I say that because the gold we found previously has the same characteristics and color across the entire area.
There are two separate issues threatening suction dredging in California.
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