Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Timeline of Placer Gold Discoveries in the California Deserts (Conclusion)

 (...California!!)

In this post I'll be finishing up this timeline about placer gold discoveries in California's desert regions. There's still a lot of gold to be had in California and some desert placers have not been worked as hard as many people think. The problem is, however, that California has gone bat-shit crazy when it comes to allowing small-scale miners to do their thing efficiently and effectively. Go figure, huh?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Timeline of Placer Gold Discoveries in the California Deserts (Part 1)


 (This book was a staple when I first started working the deserts nearly 40 years ago.)

When most people think of placer gold in California they envision the Sierra Nevada Mountains, thick pine forests, and hard-running rivers like the Yuba, American, and Tuolomne. But the once-Golden State has plenty of placer gold ground in its desert or arid regions. Here's a timeline of those dry placer discoveries.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Hot Poop About Tailings (Conclusion)

 (I checked these old coarse tailings at a location in New Mexico but alas...they didn't show much.)

In my previous post I discussed what tailings are and the two major types of tailings. I also alluded to whether or not they're worth working. Today I'll be talking about how to go about sampling or working tailings...that is, if the spirit should move you in that direction.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Hot Poop About Tailings (Part 1)



 (Fine and coarse tailings.)

There are few experienced placer gold miners who are adamant believers in re-working old placer mining tailing piles. After all, what's done is done and you can't squeeze blood out of a turnip. Or can you? Here's the hot poop about tailings.

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Legal Ins and Outs of Public Lands/Public Domain (Conclusion)

 (Guess who controls them.)

Well here we go again. More U.S. Federal Government legalese to slog your way through concerning public lands. Remember, as far as the Feds are concerned public lands and public domain are one in the same entity as I mentioned in my previous post on this topic.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Legal Ins and Outs of Public Lands/Public Domain (Part 1)

 (Don't count on it...)

I'm writing this post as a response to reader Csmbob's topic suggestion list in the comments section of my post titled, "I Need Your Input." Since gold-ground access is a big part of small-scale mining for the average guy or gal, I've put together the salient features of the law(s) governing public lands and public domain.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

You Can't Beat a Box (Conclusion )

 (Miner tending his sluice box during the California Gold Rush.)

The venerable sluice box is a mining tool that should be in every small-scale gold miner's arsenal. In this post I'll be covering the sluice in additional detail, so hang with me.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

You Can't Beat a Box (Part 1)

(Home-made wooden sluice box under construction.)


The venerable sluice box has been around a while now. Most, if not all, placer gold miners will employ a box at one time or another during their small-scale mining careers.So let's take a look see at this little gem.