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 past year was an extremely busy one here at ICMJ’s Prospecting and Mining Journal.
The Steeple Rock Mining District is located in the northwest-trending Summit Mountains of southwest New Mexico, at an average elevation of 5,200 feet. The highest point in the mountains is Vanderbilt Peak, which rises to an elevation of 6,773 feet. The mountains receive about 12 inches of precipitation a year in the form of rain and occasional winter snow.
Over 135 million ounces of gold were produced in Nevada between 1858 and 2001, 107 million of that total being since 1965. Now, the so-called “Silver State” is the leading gold producer in the nation.
New regulations have given the enforcement arm of the WDFW official “police” status, with the authority to issue citations, pursue warrants, make arrests and confiscate items.
It is hard to imagine any month during the thirty years I have been writing this column which had more bombshell headlines than the past thirty days.
Many suggestions had some pieces or parts that would work some of the time, but Dredger Dan’s suggestion was, in my humble opinion, the cleanest, cleverest, and most dependable.
The Nevada Supreme Court ruling last April in a Newmont Mining Corp. gold mine case was erased by a high court panel.
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