Nothing But Nuggets (Part 2)
(Large nuggets have been found in the creek described in these posts.)
As I mentioned in my previous post, there's a remote Northern California creek noted for producing nuggets and lots of them. In this post I'll tell you more about this little gem of a gold spot and provide more clues to its location.
In this post I'll give you some specifics about what quantities and what sizes of placer gold nuggets can be found in this creek, along with with a few other items of interest. What I'm about to tell you is not pie-in-the-sky BS but the real deal:
Gold Prospecting Books
1) Some years back during utility construction at the lower end of this creek excavation crews uncovered numerous nuggets, including one that weighed in at a whopping 17 troy ounces. (Yep, you heard right...over a pound and half of natural gold in this one nugget.)
2) Back in the 1970s, a small group of resolute placer miners packed a small dredge in to this honey hole creek not far upstream from where the prior construction excavation took place. From one large hole on (and just above) bedrock they recovered over 60 troy ounces of gold, most of it in the form of nuggets as large as your thumbnail. That's five full troy pounds of gold nuggets, brothers and sisters.
(This would make my day.)
3) Another placer miner working on his own hauled his dredge down into the canyon and in less than four hours recovered nearly 9 troy ounces of gold nuggets after clearing away four feet of overburden and working a stretch of rough bedrock. This occurred in either the late 1980s or early 1990s although I'm not certain of the exact year. What is certain (and verifiable) is that this miner did what I say he did.
Oh...one last thing regarding this particular recovery. One of the nuggets recovered by the individual miner described above in that multi-ounce day weighed in at 3/4 of an ounce. Sound good? Well get this...he also recovered a two-troy ouncer!
Do I know this miner's name? Yes, I do. Did these recoveries take place along stretches of this mysterious Northern California creek? Yes they did.
In my next (and final) post of this series I'll have more info and more details for you. Until then, best of luck to one and all.
If you liked this post, you may want to read: "8 Tips for Finding Those Elusive Nuggets"
(c) Jim Rocha (J.R.) 2013
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