Western Mining Artifact Collectors Show
August 2002 by Mark MallicoatA year of work and preparation has come and gone as the Western Mining Artifact Show was held this past June 29th at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City, California. It was three days of fun and adventure delighting in the glory of the golden days of California gold mining of long ago.
• "Well, that's what we've been told, isn't it?"
• Forest Service proposes next step in Agenda 21
• 9th Circuit deals blow to small miners
• Stupid policies in action
• Does a Cipro prescription come with that house?
The big moment finally arrived. With Norm suited up, I pulled the motor to life and felt instantly better. There’s really something relaxing about the sound of a dredge running—they don’t sound like anything else.
I love to see old-timer workings while I am out detecting for gold. For one thing, it assures me that gold came from there. Second, it tells me gold should almost certainly still be there.
An example of some of this extraordinary ore was a lot of about four tons from the Florence mine during the last days of a lease that averaged over 300 ounces of gold per ton.
With all of the erosion patterns wearing away the channels down into the North Fork of the Middle Fork, we assumed placer gold was still available in the river. The question became: How do we get down the 1,600-foot elevation drop to reach the river?
The Bawl Mill • Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Raises Harassment of Miners to a New Level • Oregon Miners File Suit Against Fisheries Service • BLM Land Swap Deal Raises Eyebrows • Gold in Nevada • The Greenhorn • Striking Gold • The Bombarded 38' Parallel • Picks & Pans: The Trophy Hunt • Corner Country Gold • Something to Consider When You Go Dredging • Rattlesnakes • The Gold Hill and Iowa Mine 1895-1938 • Looking Back • Melman on Gold & Silver • Mining Stock Quotes and Mineral & Metal Prices