Wyoming's Billion Dollar Nugget—The Trilogy Ends
June 2011 by David C. FreitagThe next hurdle to jump was whether the trommel motor would start again after sitting on the desert for six years without being started. The last time it had taken a three foot pipe wrench to bust it loose.
Over the last several months, starting from before I left for Australia, I’ve been working on getting all the 2011 paperwork done for my mining claims. I will admit that some parts of the paperwork I let go until only a week or two before the due date.
I saw gold this summer. The kind of gold that I haven’t seen since ‘81. The kind of gold that rattles in the pan. The kind of gold that would start a stampede—even in 1898.
I knew the nuggets got into the nugget patch somehow, I just had to figure out how and from what direction they came.
“The evidence is clear—mineral deposits alone are not enough to attract precious commodity investment dollars...”
An online video gave me some ideas, and with a lot of trial and error I developed a reliable method of panning free gold particles down below 35 microns quickly and easily.
Setting up a gravity dredge
Q: How do I improve my small-scale mining operation’s gold production?
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