Friday, April 24, 2015

Crime and Punishment in the Gold Camps (Conclusion)

 (Life in the early gold camps was hardscrabble at best.)

There's little doubt that life in the early gold camps of the American West was harsh. So was the justice meted out to criminals or those accused of crimes in and around the camps themselves.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Crime and Punishment in the Gold Camps (Part 1)

 (Imagine this old ghost as a rip-roarin' gold camp in its heyday.)

As most of you know, I'm a student of western mining history as well as being a small-scale gold prospector and miner. In this post I'll be touching on two important issues that affected early gold camps in the American West: crime and punishment (tip of the hat to Russian author Dostoyevsky).

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Due Process? (on the Standoff Between the BLM and Miners in Southern Oregon)

 (Federal "agents" during the Bundy Ranch standoff in Nevada.)

Well, it appears the U.S. Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is at it again in a Bundy Ranch style standoff with small-scale gold miners in southern Oregon. I've said again and again here in Bedrock Dreams that our mining (and personal) freedoms are being gradually whittled away and the current situation in Oregon seems to drive this point home with even greater emphasis.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Seven Suggestions for Finding Workable Gold Ground (Conclusion)

It doesn't matter if you're sticking close to home or heading for a gold-rich Amazonian jungle, there's one surefire way to find workable gold ground. That very good means to an end is the subject of this, the final post of this series.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Seven Suggestions for Finding Workable Gold Ground (Part 6)

 (It's all about gold in many forms.)

The idea for finding workable gold ground I'm suggesting in this post follows hard on the heels of Suggestion 5 and in some ways is very similar as far as intent is concerned. However, what I'm about to suggest in this post takes thing a giant step farther and requires much more in physical, mental, emotional, and yes...practical outlay, including finances.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Seven Suggestions for Finding Workable Gold Ground (Part 5)

The suggestion I'm presenting in this post is essentially a "no brainer," but I'm continually amazed by how infrequently it's followed up on. As you all know by now, success in gold mining on any scale (large or small) is largely defined by the overall quality of the ground you choose to work. Can I get an "Amen, brother!" on that last statement?