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Tales of California Gold Discoveries 3rd in a Series—Bloody Nick The Miner

“Bloody Nick,” as he was known, arrived in California in 1850. From his name, there were those who thought him to be a big man, but instead, he was a small thin man, fifty-six years of age.

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  • House appropriations bills introduced
  • Two Minnesota hardrock mining leases reinstated
  • Equal Access to Justice Act

A Short But Productive Hunt


The prospects I found are known to carry heavy chunks of gold, sometimes in quartz, ironstone, or many times a rusty-looking type of shale covering.

Looking Back


Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.

Tons of Gold Buried Under World Trade Center


Some 11.8 metric tons of gold worth an estimated $110 million, and 30.2 million ounces of silver valued at $121 million, are buried in the rubble below one of the collapsed buildings in the World Trade Center, The New York Times report

Judge Denies Request To Delay Michigan Mine


Manderfield’s ruling opens the way for Kennecott Eagle to begin blasting. The company has declined to say when it will start. A spokeswoman said drilling would begin “in the coming weeks".

Silver Bonanza in the Sierra Madre: The Glorious Past of Batopilas—Conclusion


The first Madero Revolution broke out in Mexico on November 20, 1910. On December 27, a revolutionary party exacted supplies, arms, and mules from the company until January 7, 1911, when the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the federal government destroyed three and a half tons of their dynamite near Baquiachi. On September 8, 1912, Batopilas was captured, a local garrison driven out, and the company forced to pay 10,000 pesos. Federal forces retook the town September 19.

The Pay Streak: Redefined With Metal Detectors


The time-honored objective in recovering gold from placers has always been to discover and recover gold from the detritus of both known and unknown lodes. The traditional method to recover gold from desert dry placers was to locate and work the enriched gravels known as the “pay streak.” This pay streak was usually found directly over false or true bedrock and within the upper few inches of the bedrock itself.

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