The Tombstone Silver-Lead District, Arizona
April 2016 by W. Dan HauselIn 1877, a prospector named Ed Schieffelin discovered silver in “the middle of nowhere” and staked two claims: “Tumbstone” and “Graveyard.” Soon a town and mining district were organized and acquired the name “Tombstone” after making a spelling correction.
Everyone has heard of the golden beach at Nome, but Nome did not have the richest beach.
The nugget sat there in plain sight, though it was covered in dirt, while hundreds of people had passed that way every day.
...this county contained some of the richest placer ground found in all of California and still produces some pretty impressive finds to this day.
The gravels in contact with the bedrock or false bedrock base are often the richest. The same facts apply to the alluvial paystreaks that are formed on gravel bars; the lowest level of the gold-bearing gravel is normally the richest.
Prospectors often wonder why gold deposits in veins like it does. Why is one vein rich while another is barren, even though they are only a few hundred feet apart?
Every time we prospected here we found gold, sometimes some really coarse flakes, but no large nuggets (yet).
Faults are fractures, breaks and broken zones in the Earth’s crust where one side of the break has moved relative to the other, and they come in many different varieties.
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