Sunday, March 19, 2017

Slim Pickings on the Gulf Coast

(Tools of the trade.)

As the title of this post suggests, my beach hunting trip to the Texas Gulf Coast wasn't as successful as I had hoped on the front end. Has the old timer (me, that is) lost his touch after all these years? Read on to find out.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Are Mining/Prospecting Clubs Worth Joining? (Conclusion)

 (Members of the High Plains Prospectors Club.)

Well, I'm back from my beach hunting expedition to the Texas Gulf Coast and will give you the hot poop about the trip as well as a rundown on the Garrett AT Pro metal detector in my next post. Right now I want to finish up the current topic since it's been over two weeks since I last published a post.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Important Notice to All Readers

 You good people listen up now. I have something of importance to pass along to you.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Are Mining/Prospecting Clubs Worth Joining? (Part 1)

Now we return once more to that age-old question that many small-scale gold mining newbies ask: "Are mining/prospecting clubs worth joining?" Well, let me do my best to answer that question for you.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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


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.