The Gold of Plumas de Oro
March 2011 by Tom LeftwichTheir rewards were far better than they had anticipated, resulting in one of the best clean-ups they had ever seen.
The Robinson is a wooden bucket-line dredge that was built in the early 1900s in New York and shipped in pieces to Nash County in North Carolina by train for reassembly.
The first pieces found were in a spot that most gold hunters would not even detect, right in the middle of a downslope meadow.
You might think that gold prospecting techniques are basically the same everywhere, and in many instances you’d be correct. Some geographical locations, however, due to their unique geological conditions, present unusual challenges...
Fortunately, there are products on the market that can address these problems and make a small-scale mining operation feasible.
Has anyone made it through childhood, or even adulthood, without at least one dream of finding gold or buried treasure? It is the stuff of daydreams—the kindling for the flame of hope. We so long for it that we eagerly accept stories and maps from friends and strangers alike that promise us fame and fortune.
That is the course and intention for this article—to wander through some of the lessons I have learned in my thirty-two years of metal detecting and prospecting.
The Bawl Mill • So You Want To Be A Full-Time Prospector? • Ask The Experts—Do I still have rights to this mining claim? • Ask The Experts—What is a "closed" claim? • Eastern Arizona: Gold and Base Metal Deposits Part II • Rediscovering Placerville, California Part II • Prospecting With The Help of Fluvial Geomorphology • Oregon Anti-Dredging Bill • Mud Men: Pocket Miners of Southwest Oregon Part II • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices