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Texas "Hill Country" Gold

The scenic “Hill Country,” in the heart of Texas, is a recreational area for several large cities, including San Antonio and Austin. Most of the region lies at elevations between 300 and 1,800 feet, and forms an island of igneous and metamorphic...

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The Long Road to Gold Point, Nevada


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The Strange History of the Utica Mine


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Picks & Pans: Virginia Prospecting


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Legislative and Regulatory Update


Every prospector and claim holder should be aware of the court decision USA  v. Shumway (96-16480) from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals filed December 28, 1999.

BLM Land Swap Deal Raises Eyebrows


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Washington D.C. is reviewing a land swap with a private company because the bureau allowed an employee of the company to arrange the deal.

Montana's Virginia City Has Golden Legacy


The discovery of gold at Alder Creek, centrally located in Madison County, Montana, was unusually well documented, with the date and time placed at May 26th, 1863, at about 4 o’clock in the afternoon. A group of six miners had been searching the area with little luck until the leader, Bill Fairweather, spotted an exposed area of promising bedrock. He dug up a shovel full of dirt and put it in Henry Edgar’s pan for washing. About the same time that Edgar was busy washing out the pan, Fairweather was poking around the bedrock with his pocketknife. Both spotted the color of gold at once.

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