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The American Hill Mine

In the high country of the Tahoe National Forest is 160 acres of a patented mining claim dating back to its origin around 1853. This is well above the historic mining town of Michigan Bluff and past Deadwood—an old mining town...

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Miner Unhappy After Judge Dismisses Charges


Don Eno, a well-known miner and prospector in Plumas National Forest, is the Public Affairs Director of the Lost Sierra Mining & Historical Association and the Northern Office for Public Lands for the People (PLP). He was issued a citation for violating Forest Order 03-98—“camping for longer than 30 days per calendar year...”

Hard Rock 101: Blasting With Kinepak Explosives


Fortunately, there are products on the market that can address these problems and make a small-scale mining operation feasible.

Highbanking for Gold


Pumps can be set up quite a distance away horizontally from the sluice, even hundreds of feet. It will work so long as there is sufficient water at the source where the pump is located. Vertical distance is more of a problem than horizontal distance; 30 to 40 feet is the maximum vertical climb for most pumps.

Four Miners Die in Mine Accidents in Ukraine


Four miners were killed in eastern Ukraine in two separate accidents during one week in May in the country's troubled mines, emergency officials said.

The Value of Evidence


That prospecting effort you are about to spend your time on...is it worth your effort? If you are going to devote your time to it, you will need all the facts you can get.

The Jenkins Mine Project, Conclusion—Recovery Operations & Summary


This project taught me that you don’t need to be Albert Einstein to apply a little science to your prospecting. I learned that most of the science related to suction dredging is actually common sense. All we need to do is take the time to apply it.

Historical Mining Methods


The discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in 1848 started the great gold rush to California. The account that drew national and worldwide notice was a small, two-inch item at the bottom of the front page of the March 15, 1848 issue of the “Californian,” published in San Francisco. The article was attributed to B.R. Buckelew, and mentioned quantities of gold just being “gathered.”

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