The Mama John
April 2008 by Tom Leftwich
You may reckon by the name that we’re talking about an outhouse for the old lady, but it’s actually the name I gave to a special contraption I put together so my wife didn’t have to work so hard moving big boulders.
John Kyrk was a prospector who appeared in Batopilas about 1863. Little is known about him, but he had the foresight to pick a mine just 59 yards north of the San Miguel property, and dug a tunnel that ran parallel with the San Miguel in the same mountain, cutting the same veins.
Some ask if a prospector can collect an entire ounce in a day. It is possible; I’ve done it before.
The little-known Sunnyside district in Cochise County, Arizona, is on the southwest side of the Huachuca Mountains, which reach elevations in excess of 9,000 feet.
The first experience involved an overgrown gold mine operated during the 1880s. A razed mill adjoined the mine and could be glimpsed from the isolated public dirt road I was traveling.
...these nuggets have not traveled far from the lode because the golden wire lattices would have been torn apart or flattened during weathering of rock and deposition by violent stream action.
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
The Bawl Mill • Gold Hits $1,000! What the Gold Price Is Telling Us • Assembling A First Class Mining Property • Quebec Tops Nevada in Survey of Miners • Relocating A Historic Vein • The Lost Silver Triangle of the Sierra Madre—Part I • Australia's First Gold Rush • Government to Buy New World Mine Claims • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices