Small-Scale Prospecting & Mining (A Little History)
April 2005 by Jim StraightDuring the 49’er gold rush, because of harsh winters and adverse river conditions, the working season could be restricted for a week or more at a time. Moreover, many of the “argonauts” (a term dating back to the adventures of the early Greek gold seekers in seeking the Golden Fleece), were unprepared both mentally and physically to meet the harsh conditions.
The Tangential Impulse Water Wheel in California Gold Mining History—Part I
The modern tangential impulse water wheel, a device best suited for hydroelectric power production where high water head is available, is an ingenious device born in the historic gold mining industry of California in the 19th Century.
Our Old Friend, Mr. Crashbox
…what adjustment can I make to my dredge that will enhance its gold-catching ability?
Legislative and Regulatory Update
• Miners win latest round
• New push to close off lands in New Mexico
• Close call in Peru
• New underground safety requirements
Fabulous Florence—The Golden Town of Idaho
In September 1861, on a round-about prospecting journey homeward, five California gold miners discovered gold in the area now called Florence. While watering the horses, one of the men noticed a golden color on a piece of slate bedrock in the stream...
Excerpts from CMJ, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
Mohave County, Arizona: The Oatman/San Francisco Mining District
The Oatman/San Francisco Mining District’s historic gold production of 2.2 million ounces of gold since the 1880s makes this area Arizona’s greatest primary gold producing district.
Gold Prospecting for Better or Worse: Golden Memories
…while we were packing up, my wife called for me to help her with something, so I set the pan containing the gold down, off to the side of the parking area.
The Bawl Mill • Our Readers Say • Progress Report on Washington State Small-Scale Regulations • Pediments • Bill to Allow Mining of Coeur d'Alene Basin • Dredging Below the Homestake • Looking Back • Picks & Pans: The Glory Hole • Enthusiastic Crowds at PDAC • Fraser Institute Survey Results Rank Best (and Worst) Mining Locales • Synclinal Oil • Higher Zinc Price Creates Opportunity • Government Appeals Miner Injury Case to Supreme Court • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Melman on Gold & Silver