Tips for Detecting Old Hydraulic Pits
October 2012 by Ray MillsThere are several counties around Shasta County that offer very good gold detecting. Many of these locations are old hydraulic pits. While detecting these old pits over the years I have come up with some ideas on how to go about hunting them.
This year was a test. We had never done anything like this before, yet we grossed $30,000 in the short time we had to mine.
In underground placer work, the contact point of the bedrock tunnel and the gravel is a very weak point and always has to be timbered. The bedrock here is thin, fractured, and the gravels loose from many years of oxidizing.
It’s a common symptom of gold fever for miners to be very hesitant to let go of gold they’ve found or even have it made into jewelry. I confess, I suffer from the same incurable disease!
A week later, a small team of us hit it again, and this time the gold really showed up.
I was able to remove the gravels with the assistance of a crowbar and I scooped them up with a garden trowel. This gravel contained over a pennyweight of gold and there were several 2-grain and 3-grain pieces…
In this article, I am going to take a look at three Midwest states and go through some of the prime places for prospectors to find nice local gold there.
The small-scale miner has reasonable opportunity to exploit some of these small, rich placer gold deposits.
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