Tales of California Gold Discoveries 4th in a Series—Pay Attention When You Dig
December 2005 by Lewis SwindleIt was the first month of a new year, 1861. Three men, by the name of Young, Blake and La Rossney, who had been somewhat unsuccessful in river mining, went looking for gold elsewhere.
Environmental regulators ordered Jerritt Canyon Mine near the Nevada-Idaho line closed on May 30 for failure to install equipment to control mercury air emissions. Yukon-Nevada blamed the failure on needed parts that didn’t arrive in time.
One hundred eighty-one gold panners flocked into the old mining town of Foresthill on Memorial Day weekend, all with the objective of proving just how good they were. This was the Wild West all over again, and the shootout at OK Corral was nothing compared to the smoke and fire these contestants put up to determine who was the best of the best—and the best were there to compete, too.
You have made your presence known with the BLM or Forest Service, placed Mining District signs along the entrance points to your district, and found support with other local miners. But how do you gain popular support?
The Forest Service is attempting to close off historic trails and roads throughout the western states, declaring the closures are part of a travel management project. They state their motivation is to control damage caused by off-highway-vehicles.
Q: Years ago I had plans for building a home-built suction dredge called the Spartan dredge. I really loved that dredge. I now have a 12-year-old son who wants to start mining. We wanted to build our own at home but I’ve lost the plans.
Until a countrywide banning order in 2007, the undercover panners were living testimony to the presence of gold in a region not previously known for its occurrence.
The Bawl Mill • Pombo Bill to Provide Some Relief for Miners • Gemstones in Wyoming—Part I • Gateway Gold and Jerritt Canyon • The Koyukuk-Nolan Goldfields • Miners Come Out On Top in SREP v. USFS • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices • Melman on Gold & Silver • Looking Back • Company Notes • Adding Shine to Your Portfolio • Picks & Pans: Nuggetshooting Around Cactus