The Golden Highway—Amador County
April 2004 by Frank Lorey IIILeaving sprawling Calaveras County, California, and heading north, the next county along the Golden Highway (Hwy 49) is tiny Amador County. Packed into it’s roughly twenty-five mile stretch of the historical roadway are some of the most charming, scenic towns that will be encountered along the whole way. This stretch was also home to some of the richest gold placers during the gold rush, a fact not lost on those who still try their hand at panning and dredging today.
The operation and techniques employed are highly successful in producing free gold with minimal work involved while maintaining an environment protection process through the use of recycled water and a settling pond.
My wife and I spent three years laying the groundwork to build a processing mill for gold, silver, lead and some zinc in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Northern Mexico, in the state of Sonora. In this installment, I describe how we purchased the land to build the new mill.
There are situations where small-scale miners cannot use dredges or high bankers. This is when it’s time to join the ranks of the old timers and their use of hand methods. Back when a gold pan, pick and shovel and sluice or rocker box were the...
Officials for the largest gold producing company in the world claimed a significant legal victory over environmentalists who they accused of abusing the appeals process to thwart mining in Nevada.
Options for affordable crushers for small mining operations
He no sooner had turned around and started moving when I hollered again that I had another nice one.
The Bawl Mill • Our Readers Say • Wyoming—A Land That Time (And Explorationists) Forgot • Two Arrested in Alleged Mining Investment Scheme • Wall-Rock Alteration • Melman Reports From PDAC—News About India, China, and a Potential Shortage of Nickel • Picks & Pans: Family's Identity Forged Working Nevada's Gold • Researching Suitable Areas to Detect for Free-Milling Gold • A Working Arrastra • Training Videos From NIOSH • Prospectores Unite in Washington State • Flexible Circuits Possible From Gold Wire • Looking Back • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices