The St. Louis Gold District
February 2009 by Chris RalphA large number of small streams drain the region and nearly every one of those creeks, streams, gulches and other drainages in the area holds some gold. The streams with water offer opportunities to dredgers, panners and snipers.
Gold dredgers were enlisted in an effort to salvage a rare stretch of chum salmon spawning grounds along the Columbia River between Vancouver, Washington, and Portland, Oregon.
A salvage company struck a 20-year deal with Britain to search for riches in the sunken warship HMS Sussex, which went down in 1694, laden with gold and silver.
Wayne Sutherland, a metals, gemstones and economic geology specialist with the Wyoming State Geological Survey, said the initial exploration samples were significant.
Toward the end of this summer, we expect another Federal Register notice will be published that deals with Forest Service mining regulations.
As I write this, I am still on a rush from taking my 9-year-old son, Jeffrey, prospecting for the first time this past weekend. It’s not that he hasn’t been along on numerous outings before: this is the first time that just the two of us went out for a day of drywashing and detecting under the desert sun.
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