The Elusive Mother Lode
May 2004 by Lloyd BrewerWith history so often repeating itself, you can’t go wrong searching for gold using modern exploration techniques and exploration theories in regions of historic gold activity.
Today, a Canadian company is reviving the mine to take advantage of silver prices that have tripled since 2009, giving the few dozen residents still living in the area more action than they’ve seen in decades.
Often the gold being recovered by drywashing is too fine to be recovered by metal detecting. For every “detectable” nugget found, there could be hundreds of smaller flakes of non-detectable size. Thus, for those that “read the ground,” and snipe for areas of favorable placer concentration, drywashing will continue to be both an inexpensive...
The Sixteen to One mine is located in the little town of Alleghany, 40 miles from Nevada City, in Northern California. It has less than sixty residents. The town sits at an altitude of 4,500 feet. In 1885, the town was named by a group of miners...
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