Monday, May 18, 2015

The Value of "High Point" Gold (Part 1)


When it comes to finding placer gold there's distinct value in looking for what I term the "high points" around you in streams and dry washes. I imagine some of you are out there scratching your heads right now, since you've been told time and time again by every self-proclaimed gold mining "expert" that it's the low points in gold-bearing streams and washes you need to consider first and foremost. Well, my friends, read on and you might just learn something from a small-scale miner who's getting older than dirt and has shoveled much of the same in his search for gold.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

More from Dominican Republic Miner Eduardo Herbert

 (Yesterday's take for Eduardo, 61.7 grams including a one-ounce nugget.)

Dominican dredger and small-scale gold miner Eduardo Herbert is at it again. What you see in the photo above is yesterday's take from the gold-bearing stream Eduardo is working in the Sierras of the Dominican Republic (D.R.). I don't know about you, but I'm ready to fly to the D.R. and hook up with Eduardo anytime!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Dredger Eduardo Herbert is Making it Happen in "Hispanola"

 ("Hispanola.")

How would you like to work gold-bearing mountain streams where few, if any, people go all the while surrounded by lush natural beauty? Oh, did I mention those gold-bearing streams contain mostly coarse gold and nuggets, including some as large as nearly three or four troy ounces? Do I have your interest now? Then read on.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Of Tellurides, Hoaxes, and Cripple Creek (Conclusion)

 (Cripple Creek, Colorado around 1890.)

After "Chicken" Bill nearly met disaster via the hangman's noose for his Mt. Pisgah gold hoax stunt, the folks around Cripple Creek, Colorado settled back into dormancy as before. Nearly everyone forgot about gold in the area...all except one, that is.

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Anti-Dredging Crisis in California

 (The eventual outcome may not favor us.)

I'm taking this opportunity between my current post series to talk about the anti-dredging crisis in California because things are rapidly reaching critical mass there. Small-scale miners and dredgers in Oregon and other states are also on the hot seat but the once-Golden State is where the main battle is being fought.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Of Tellurides, Hoaxes, and Cripple Creek (Part 1)

(Free-milling gold ore.)


Unlike their more familiar cousins, free-milling ores, many gold-bearing ores and their concentrates are problematic. I've mentioned these "refractory" gold ores in the past here in Bedrock Dreams and I'll be broadening your knowledge of these often rich but very difficult ores to spot and to process.