The Curious Saga of the Jack Wade Creek Dredge
July 2010 by Jim HalloranAs the river dredgers soon learned, it was not a good idea to leave your dredge in the Fortymile River over winter.
Palladium may well be an underexplored element and therefore an opportunity for prospectors and geologists. This is because they are often less than obvious and other than the native metals, a chemical analysis of samples is required to identify PGM-enriched rocks.
What I saw was a beach area that was just completely covered in black sand. Rubbing my hands close together like a kid in a candy store, I could not wait to get set up.
When you think about the extremes to which a miner will go to get a little gold, it occurred to me beach gold could be "easy pickings."
After almost 50 years of service to the mining industry, Burl Cheely, owner of Gold Diver’s and the manufacturer of the Couple-Jet and Taper-Jet line of dredges, is retiring.
Pending legislation requiring the government to mint a $20 coin with palladium mined domestically would put Montana front and center.
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