The Oquirrh Mountains, Utah
July 2013 by Bill Rich...we will visit three dormant mining districts that lie in the Oquirrh Range in Utah. Some major activity that transformed the lives of thousands of people occurred here from the mid 1860s to the late 1990s.
What also helped keep Coulterville alive was the fact that the town itself happened to be sitting on top of one of the richest veins in the Mother Lode. The ledge itself was three hundred feet wide.
...if you are out prospecting and find something that looks very much like a nugget but has an odd greenish-gray cast to it, don’t be too quick to simply toss it aside as junk.
It was the middle of winter and the valley was covered in snow, making prospecting a matter of sinking shafts in the ground.
New theories have been developed and they may lead to new discoveries and give prospectors some new insight on where to look for diamonds.
Plumas County has a rich heritage of gold mining, much of it from placer deposits that can still be searched and panned today. Being at the far northern end of California’s famed Mother Lode, it is quite often overlooked by those searching for gold today—really a well-kept secret after all of these years!
...we will continue our examination of the rich streams and mining districts, and then take a look at some of the big nuggets that have been found here.
The small-scale miner has reasonable opportunity to exploit some of these small, rich placer gold deposits.
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