Southern Oregon's Illinois River—A Lesson in Sharing
November 2013 by Gary C. EarleOur theory was that a dredge would collect far more material in a shorter period of time, leaving us with ounces of gold every day.
The one undeniable truth in prospecting is that the more time you spend in the field, the more gold you will find. Here are a few keys I use to help build my confidence.
I picked up a noticeably heavy, fist-sized chunk of what I thought was a heavy piece of iron. After wiping some of the dirt and clay off, I still didn't know what on earth this object was.
Doubters be informed, yes, there is gold in Africa—lots of gold—and all the good and bad that comes with it.
Some will doubt its value given the ultra-fine particle size… Some will become encouraged about not having to incur significant time and expense to break rock.
I had a chance to visit the operation in person and talk with Neal. I was very impressed and I think our readers could learn a lot about building up a commercial placer operation from scratch…
The first pieces found were in a spot that most gold hunters would not even detect, right in the middle of a downslope meadow.
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