The Golden Highway—Calaveras County
January 2004 by Frank Lorey IIIHeading north along Highway 49 into the central Mother Lode, the first old mining town in Calaveras County was Melones, located along the banks of the Stanislaus River. The town was named for the unique coarse gold flakes found in the gravels that resembled melon seeds, hence the name that came from the Mexican miners.
In an old mine that does not have stopes, you know the old miners did not take much if any ore out of that excavation. On the other hand, if you see large stopes within the mine you know that it is these places where the miners found profitable ore deposits within the vein.
Sen. John McCain stated recently that if elected president, he would overturn President Clinton's executive order putting more national forest land off-limits to logging.
Goldville, Alabama, (pop. 61) is located in hilly and forested country at an elevation of 1,018 feet, in the Piedmont physiographic province. It is near the northern boundary of Tallapoosa County.
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Light-colored volcanic tuff or tuffaceous sandstone often contains small amounts of uranium, enough to be detected with a sensitive radiation detector. Sometimes, the mass effect of the radiation is substantial.
The big interest to prospectors thinking about the effect of erosion is not what might happen long into the future, but what they might find in the rivers later this summer when the water levels go down.
As part of the Hope-Sunrise Mining District, mining activity was at a frenzy in the area in 1902, when miners like Mr. S.W. Weible worked the gold rich gravels of Canyon Creek...and recovered $7,000 in gold dust.
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