The Search for Specimen (Pocket) Gold in the California Mother Lode
October 1999 by Dwight Juras, PhDAny good miner can drift along a vein to find concentrations of gold if it is there, using good eyes and panning.
As I arrived at my detecting location, I got all my gear and headed up the trail. I had to stop and take in the devastation all around me.
In 1880, Alexander Roby Shepherd, former governor of Washington, DC, prepared to move his wife and family of six children to the wilds of the Sierra Madre. Going with him would be mining men, cooks, assistants, a bookkeeper and others to assist in the new adventure.
I like to play in a big sandbox called the Mojave Desert. I have different ways of getting my kicks. My particular delight is seeing, “How low can I go?” Blame it on too much sun, but there are days I don’t feel like drywashing.
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...I would bet considerably more lode gold and silver remains to be found in this area, and there are possibilities for small placers and nugget shooting.
Landowners complained that mineral mining on or near their property could damage property values while leaving them without a cut of potential profits.
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