Working the Belmont Mine Butte, Montana—1953
October 2002 by Bob SchlosserWaiting to go underground in the Belmont Mine in Butte, Montana, I hoped that I didn’t look like a green college kid. I enjoyed watching the ropes run through the sheaves at the top of the head frame as the shaft crew was busy changing over...
I was working on an article to submit to you and had been for a couple of months. It won’t be the first. I had something occur that made me put off the article—safety! My article was concerning mineral processing at home.
Looking for nugget laden bedrock in forested mountain regions, you first need to explore the banks of the gold-bearing streams and look for the bedrock that is exposed as this is your starting point.
In some ways, silver is the forgotten precious metal because it straddles both the world of precious metals and jewelry, while having many important industrial applications like a base metal. The price of silver reflects both the precious metal investment demand as well as the industrial demand.
Many years ago I was in the American Canyon. I remembered a few details about a placer deposit there, so we decided to make a trip down and re-check some of these old workings.
Whatever sense of security and peace the Western World had managed to restore was shattered on July 7, when four bombs were detonated on three trains and a double-decker bus in London, England, killing an estimated 70 people and injuring another 700.
Before it was over, 200 buckets of gravel and gold were swished and swirled in competition to determine who was the best gold panner in the County.
The only thing that saved me was talking to a local miner who gave me a “heads up” that private individuals owned all the mineral rights in that section.
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