The Alaska Highway and Beyond
October 2013 by C.A. "Charlie" CookMy first clean-up showed that my efforts were not in vain. There was considerable color with some good-sized nuggets in the riffle trap.
We were met with a plethora of mechanical problems with the dry washer and even a few with the excavator that were at times frustrating, but we were in this for the long haul, so we needed to solve these problems and move forward.
Because the old timers were so good at locating the better paying deposits—most of them along clay seams in this particular area—it makes good sense to try and locate these clay lines at old mining sites.
The pit was a classic one—exposed shale bedrock with all the material being washed out one end of the pit. Within a few minutes I had a nice mellow signal that was in open ground.
Gatesville is not the only place to find easy public access for gold prospecting opportunities in Central Indiana.
I knew the nuggets got into the nugget patch somehow, I just had to figure out how and from what direction they came.
Sampling other people's stockpiles or dumps has some inherent risks that sampling undisturbed ground does not have.
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