The Potholes—California’s Oldest Known Mining District
March 2020 by Dan Stanton
Every time we prospected here we found gold, sometimes some really coarse flakes, but no large nuggets (yet).
The pit was a classic one—exposed shale bedrock with all the material being washed out one end of the pit. Within a few minutes I had a nice mellow signal that was in open ground.
Down around 10 or 12 inches I hit a large cobble that appeared to be one type of hot rock for this area. I thought bad things about the new technology until I checked the rock.
I had never run an impact mill before, but anything involving rocks, water and a big electric motor sounded great.
In this continuation of the Midwest gold series we are going to take a look at the states of Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas, look at possible locations within these states to find gold and talk about areas where gold has been found in the past.
Depth is not an issue unless the site is thoroughly cleaned of shallow trash, and it is far easier to isolate and remove targets using a small coil in a target rich location.
What I hope to do here is to give you some information that will help you, the reader, pick out locations that will be better for you to detect and give you a possibility of finding gold.
The 316 Mining Company has not been all that successful, but does not ever seem to learn from their past mistakes.
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