The Phoenix Gold Mine: A Brief History
May 2002 by Sam E. Phifer, P.G.The Phoenix Gold Mine is located approximately 7 miles south of Concord, North Carolina, and was discovered in about 1836, some 37 years following the first discovery of gold in the United States and a few years following the discovery of gold in quartz veins by Joseph Barringer.
How can I determine if there are precious metals in the groundwater?
The gold in this area can get quite large. Most of the pieces are about half a pennyweight on average.
...we packed up our two dredges and headed for our claim about an hour away on the South Fork of the Clearwater to dredge openly in opposition to the EPA.
That prospecting effort you are about to spend your time on...is it worth your effort? If you are going to devote your time to it, you will need all the facts you can get.
Ahhh, summer camp. Lazy days frolicking at the pool. Meeting new friends and swapping stories around the campfire. Slicing steel I-beams and concrete pillars and blowing them apart with C4 high explosives.
Midway into my first tank of gas I was beginning to see color in my sluicebox. Needless to say, I was excited.
Things became a bit challenging when the hot, dry weather was interrupted by 30mph winds with occasional gusts nearing 50 mph.
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