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Benton’s Rich Silver


Prospectors looking for the next Comstock Lode tried mining for silver in the Benton Hot Springs area in California in 1862. On a ridge southeast of the town, they found what they were looking for—rich hornsilver.

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


John Kyrk was a prospector who appeared in Batopilas about 1863. Little is known about him, but he had the foresight to pick a mine just 59 yards north of the San Miguel property, and dug a tunnel that ran parallel with the San Miguel in the same mountain, cutting the same veins.

Utilizing Geologic Maps


Geologic maps generally appear complex and daunting, and certainly some are. However, many have information hidden within their bright splashes of colors and patterns that can aid the prospector who takes the time to study them.

Exploring and Mining for Uranium


For a time uranium was more popular with prospectors than gold, but this is no longer true, and it has been decades since it was common to see individuals armed with Geiger counters out in the field.

Greaterville, Arizona


One of the best-known placer gold localities in southern Arizona is at Greaterville, 45 miles, by road, southeast of downtown Tucson. The site of mile-high Greaterville is in grasslands and oak woodlands, on the east flank of the Santa Rita Mountains.

Dredging for Monazite in Idaho


The advent of the nuclear age, after World War II, aroused concerns in government circles when officials realized the United States was entirely dependent upon foreign sources of supply for rare earth elements. This prompted the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) to enlist the US Bureau of Mines Special Minerals Investigation Branch to evaluate monazite-bearing placers in the United States in 1948.

The Lost Silver Triangle of the Sierra Madre—Part II


Newspaper stories in the spring of 1887 credited Lieutenant Henry O. Flipper with discovering both the long-lost Guaynopa and Tayopa mines. Flipper was in Mexico City in late April and May and a reporter interviewed him.

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