Thursday, February 23, 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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
(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
(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
Monday, February 6, 2017
(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
(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.