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Where to find gold along stream & river bends by Prospector Jess….


Where to find gold along stream & river bends. This video from http://hunting4gold.com/blog/where-do… shows how to know where to find gold after a big storm and flood. Watch to find out why gold pay streaks form.

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Rocks & Gold – How rocks tell you where to find gold by Prospector Jess….


Rocks & Gold – How rocks tell you where to find gold.
For more of my gold finding strategy take a look at the “20-20 Prospecting report” – Click here for 20/20 info – http://goo.gl/BeAi6m.

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Washington State…Gold claims available for filing…Grays Harbor County…


Gold Locations..Grays Harbor County
Cow Point Placer
Hoquiam
Moclips Placer
Moclips Placer
Moclips River Placer
Oyhut Placer
Oyhut Placer
Point Brown
Point Brown Placer
Site Name : Cow Point Placer
State : Washington
County : Grays Harbor
Latitude : 46.96149
Longitude : -123.83456
Year Discovered :
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Operation Type : Placer
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Development Status : Occurrence
Primary Commodities : Gold
Secondary Commodities :
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Site Name : Hoquiam
State : Washington
County : Grays Harbor
Latitude : 46.9709
Longitude : -123.87876
Year Discovered :
Years in Production :
Operation Type : Unknown
Deposit Type : Beach Placer
Production Size : N
Development Status : Occurrence
Primary Commodities : Gold, Platinum
Secondary Commodities :
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Site Name : Moclips Placer
State : Washington
County : Grays Harbor
Latitude : 47.24006
Longitude : -124.21795
Year Discovered :
Years in Production :
Operation Type : Unknown
Deposit Type : Beach Placer
Production Size : N
Development Status : Occurrence
Primary Commodities : Chromium, REE, Thorium
Secondary Commodities : Platinum, Silver, Gold
Other Commodities : Titanium, Metal, Zirconium, Iron
Site Name : Moclips River Placer
State : Washington
County : Grays Harbor
Latitude : 47.23918
Longitude : -124.20738
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Operation Type : Placer
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Development Status : Occurrence
Primary Commodities : Gold
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Site Name : Oyhut Placer
State : Washington
County : Grays Harbor
Latitude : 47.02118
Longitude : -124.1696
Year Discovered :
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Operation Type : Unknown
Deposit Type :
Production Size : N
Development Status : Occurrence
Primary Commodities : Gold
Secondary Commodities :
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Site Name : Point Brown
State : Washington
County : Grays Harbor
Latitude : 46.92701
Longitude : -124.17488
Year Discovered :
Years in Production :
Operation Type : Unknown
Deposit Type : Beach Placer
Production Size : N
Development Status : Occurrence
Primary Commodities : Titanium, Metal, Zirconium, Iron, Gold, Platinum
Secondary Commodities :
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Site Name : Point Brown Placer
State : Washington
County : Grays Harbor
Latitude : 46.95559
Longitude : -124.15687
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Operation Type : Placer
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Development Status : Occurrence
Primary Commodities : Gold
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Gold in South Carolina…always look where they found it before…they never got it all…


Gold mines by county in South Carolina….

 

Abbeville

Calais and Douglas Mine
Civil War Mine
Cook Prospect
Cook Prospect
Jones Mine
Jones Mine
Lyon Prospect
Lyons Mine

Anderson
Henderson Prospect

Cherokee
Allison Mine
Austin Placer
Bar Kat Mine
Bar Kat Mine
Bolin Mine
Bolin Mine
Chris Hill Mine & Mill
Dixon Mine
Dixon Mine
Eustis Mine
Eustis Mine
Flint Hill Mine
Flint Hill Mine
Goudelock Mine
Hammet Mine
Headwater Cole Creek Monazite Placer
Headwater Irene Creek Monazite Placer
Lockhart Mine
Lockhart Mine
Love Prospect
Love Springs Mine
Love Springs Mine
Northern Trib Cherokee Creek Monazite Placer
Northern Trib Ross Creek Monazite Placer
Nott Hill Mine
Nott Mine
Nott Mine
Nuckols and Norris Mines
Old Austin Placer
Sarratt Creek Monazite Placer
Schlegemich Mine
Silver Mine Ridge Gold Mine
Southern Mine
Southern Mine
Southern Trib Cherokee Creek Monazite Placer
Sucky Lockart Mine
Thicketty Creek Monazite Placer Eastern Tributary
Upper Cole Creek Monazite Placer
Wallace Gold Mine
Wallace Mine
Welchels Deposit
Wyatt Mine
Wyatt Mine

Chester
Brewer Gold Mine
Brewer Mine
Edgeworth and Brewer Mine
Edgeworth and Brewer Mine
Edgeworth-Brewer Mine
Gregory Mine
Hendrix Mine
Hendrix Prospect
Hinson Prospect
Kirkley Mine
Kirkley Mine
Leach Mine
Leach Mine
Oro Mine
Peay Mine
Placer Mine

Chesterfield
Brewer Gold Mine
Brewer Mine
Edgeworth and Brewer Mine
Edgeworth and Brewer Mine
Edgeworth-Brewer Mine
Gregory Mine
Hendrix Mine
Hendrix Prospect
Hinson Prospect
Kirkley Mine
Kirkley Mine
Leach Mine
Leach Mine
Oro Mine
Placer Mine

Edgefield
Faulkner Mountain Prospect
Landrum Mine
Landrum and Quattlebaum Mine Southern Mine
Long Cane Road Prospect
Quattlebaum Mine

Fairfield
Belton Prospect
Jaynes Prospect
Lloyd Prospect
Pp2k Or I-77 Prospect
Ridgeway Mine
Ridgeway Mine

Greenville
Briggs Prospect
Briggs Prospect
Cureton Mine
Cureton Mine
Desota Prospect
Desoto Prospect
Fountain Inn Prospect
Mcbee Placer
Mcbee Placer
Westmoreland Mine
Westmoreland Mine
Wild Cat Mine
Wild Cat Mine

Greenwood
Bradley Mine
Bradley Mine
Bradley Prospect
Young Mine

Kershaw
Julian Moore Mine
Lamar Mine
Lamar Mine
Sarh Emmanual Prospect
Watson Mine

Lancaster
Belk Mine
Belk Mine
Blackmon Mine
Blackmon Mine
Brassington Mine
Brothers Belk
Clyburn Mines
Cureton Mine
Funderbunk Mine
Funderburk Mine
Funderburk Mine
Gay Mine
Gold Hill
Gold Hill Mine
Hagin Mine
Hagin Mine
Haile Mine
Haile Mine
Ingram Mine
Ingram Mine
Izell Mine
Izell Or Ezell
Johnson Mine
Johnson Mine
Johnson Mine
Joseph Clark Estate Mine
Knight Prospect
Knights Prospect
Massey Mine
Phiffer Prospect
Redding Placer
Redding Placer
Stevens Mine
Stevens Mine
Stroud Prospect
Stroud Prospect

Laurens
Mt. Olive Prospect
Raeburn Creek Prospect
Raeburn Creek Prospect

McCormick
Barite Hill
Barite Hill
Butler Prospect
Butler Prospect
Dorn Mine
Dorn Mine
Jennings Mine
Jennings Prospect
Link Mine
Link MineSmith
Neill Mine
Neill Mine
Searl’s Mine Or Searles Mine
Searles Prospect
Self Mine
Self Mine

Newberry
Lester Prospect

Oconee
Cochran Mine
Cochran Placer
Cox Prospect
Cox Prospect
Henckel Mine
Henckel Mine
Jesse Lay Mine
Jesse Lay Mine
Kuhtman Mine
Kuhtman Mine
Pickens Prospect
Pickens Prospect
Sitton Prospect
Sitton Prospect
Sloan Placer
Sloan Prospect
Whitewater-Toxaway Placer

Pickens
Calhoun Placer
Calhoun Placer

Richland
Cedar Creek Mine

Saluda
Culbreath Mine
Culbreath Mine
Mountain Creek Prospect
Yarborough Mine
Yarborough Mine

Spartanburg
Hammet Grove Mine
Hammet Mine, Crocker Mine
Wolf & Tyger Placer
Wolf and Tyger Placer

Union
Bogan Mine
Mud Mine
Mud Mine
Nott Mine
Nott Mine
Ophir Mine
Ophir Mine
West Mine
West Mine
West MineBogan Ophir

York
Allison Prospect
Allison Prospect
Almathea Mine
Arrowwood Mine
Arrowwood Mine
Barnett Mine
Barnett Mine
Barnett Mine
Boheler Prospect
Boheler Prospect
Bolin Prospect
Bradley Place Mine
Brown Mine
Brown Mine
Cal Parker Prospect
Campbell Mine
Carroll and Ross Mine
Carroll and Ross Mine
Cassady Mine
Cassady Mine
Castles Prospect
Castles Prospect
Clawson Mine Or Sutton Mine
Darwin Mine
Dickey Mine
Dorothy Mine
Ellis Mine
Faulkner Mine
Faulkner Mine
Ferguson Mine
Ferguson Mine
Hardin Mine
Hardin Mine
Hatley Mine
Horn Mine
Horn Mine
Hull Prospect
Hull Prospect and Placer
Jingles Mine
Jingles Mine
La Peire Prospect
La Peire Prospect
Leach Mine
Little Wilson Mine
Little Wilson Mine
Little Wison Mine
Logan Mine
Logan Mine
Love Mine-#1
Love Mine-#2
Love No. 1 Prospect
Love No. 2 Mine
Magnolia Mine
Martin Mine
Martin Mine
Mary Mine
Mccarter Mine
Mccarter Mine
Mccaw Mine
Mccaw Mine
Mcgill Mine
Mcgill Mine
Mercer Mine
Parker No. 2 Mine
Patterson Mine
Patterson Mine
Quinn Mine
Quinn Mine
Ramsay Mine
Schlegelmilch Mine
Schlegemich Mine
Scoggins Mine
Scoggins Prospect
Smith Mine
Smith Mine
Tate Mine
Thunderhead Prospect
Wallace Mine
Wallace Mine
Wallace Prospect
Wheat Mine
Wheat Mine
Whisenant Prospect
Wilson Au-CuLittle Wilson Mines
Wilson Mine
Wilson Mine Or Big Wilson Mine
Wright Mine
Wright Mine
Wylie Mine

York, Cherokee
Schlegemich Mine

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Stream of molten gold signals return of large-scale underground mining to Calif.’s Mother Lode….


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The gold miners who made California famous were the rugged loners trying to shake nuggets loose from streams or hillsides. The ones who made the state rich were those who worked for big mining companies that blasted gold from an underground world of dust and darkness.
The last of the state’s great mines closed because mining gold proved unprofitable after World War II. But with the price of the metal near historic highs, hovering around $1,700 an ounce (28 grams), the California Mother Lode’s first large-scale hard rock gold mining operation in a half-century is coming back to life.
Miners are digging again where their forebears once unearthed riches from eight historic mines that honeycomb Sutter Gold Mining Co.’s holdings about 50 miles (80 kilometres) southeast of Sacramento. Last week, mill superintendent Paul Skinner poured the first thin stream of glowing molten gold into a mould.
“Nothing quite like it,” murmured Skinner, who has been mining for 65 years.
It was just four ounces (112 grams), culled from more than eight tons of ore, but it signalled the end of $20 million worth of construction and the pending start of production. The company announced the ceremonial first pour before financial markets opened Monday, marking the mine’s official reincarnation.
By spring, the company’s 110 employees expect to be removing 150 tons of ore a day from a site immediately north of the old Lincoln Mine, enough to produce nearly 2,000 ounces (56,000 grams) of gold each month.
The company projects resources of more than 682,000 ounces (19.3 million grams) of gold worth more than $1 billion at today’s prices. Company officials say they are confident there is far more in their historically rich section of the 120-mile (190-kilometre)-long Mother Lode region of the Sierra Nevada foothills.
Reopening the mine has been anything but a gold rush, however.
It took three decades for the mine’s operators to obtain more than 40 environmental permits. By contrast, the old Wild West miners wreaked such devastation that they prompted some of the nation’s first conservation efforts nearly 130 years ago.
“We’ve gone from no regulation to probably the other extreme,” said Bob Hutmacher, the company’s chief financial officer.
In recent decades, most of California’s gold has come from the state’s desert regions. However, high gold prices recently spurred what authorities say was a rogue surface gold mine in El Dorado County, east of Sacramento. The owners now face criminal charges.
Farther north, several mines have started the process to reopen. Most of these kinds of hard rock mines have recently been known more as tourist destinations, including the Empire Mine, which was once the state’s largest hard rock mine. It became a state historic site after it closed in 1956.
Sutter Gold’s mine also hosted underground tours featuring gold mining history until about a year ago. A half-million people took the tours before they were halted for insurance reasons as the company scrambled to begin production.
Miners have now burrowed more than a half-mile (800 metres) underground and are digging another half-mile (800-meter) network of tunnels to reach the milky white quartz deposits that contain the gold.
Six-hundred vertical feet (180 metres) underground, Keith Emerald was soaking wet in a T-shirt, rubber boots and bib overalls in the damp, chilly mine.
The only light came from his battery-operated hardhat headlamp as he leaned into a deafening 135-pound (61-kilogram) jackleg pneumatic drill, driving an 8 1/2-foot (2.6-meter)-long bit repeatedly into a wall of solid rock. The more than 30 holes he drilled were packed with explosives to reduce a head-high archway to rubble.
“Fire in the hole,” came a disembodied voice over the mine’s radio system hours later.
The miners are using tools like the jackleg drill that have changed little in a century because they are searching for relatively narrow bands of quartz, averaging 2.4 feet (0.7 metres) wide. That makes it too costly to use modern mechanized equipment that would churn out tons of worthless rock.
“This harkens back to the 19th century where you follow the gold veins,” said chief operating officer Matt Collins. “We’re throwbacks.”
Their predecessors pried 3.5 million ounces of gold from the ground underlying the company’s holdings before the last mine, the Eureka, closed in 1958.
The company has mining rights under about 4.5 miles (7.2 kilometres) of the Mother Lode between the quaint Gold Rush communities of Sutter Creek, population 2,500, and Amador City, with 200 residents. The mining area roughly parallels Highway 49, named after the miners who rushed to California from around the globe after gold was discovered in 1849.
Sutter Creek is the namesake of John Sutter of gold discovery fame. The nearby mines once made Hetty Green the nation’s richest woman and propelled the success of railroad baron Leland Stanford, who went on to become governor and found Stanford University.
Now the towns boast more about their proximity to foothill wineries and the restaurants, boutiques and antique stores that line their historic main streets.
“(Highway) 49 is known as the Gold Rush road. If there’s gold to be found, I think it should be mined,” said Jan Hicks, who lives in nearby Jackson but clerks in an 1869 Amador City building that once housed a general store catering to miners.
“It’s still an allure, the mining history,” Hicks said as she unpacked tourist knickknacks in what is now a home and garden shop. “We’re very fortunate. We have gold and grapes and antiques. What isn’t there to love?”
Donald “Pat” Crosby, 85, moved to Sutter Creek in 1959, just in time to watch the gold, sand, clay and logging industries peter out. The former city councilman remembers laughing at the Lincoln Mine owner who first proposed reopening the mine two decades ago.
“You’re going to make more off of tourism than you ever would from gold,” Crosby recalls telling the owner.
“Now, gold is taking the first step coming back. Thank God for that — I never thought it would.”

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Old Style Gold Mining……..


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Pinos Altos, New Mexico. Prospector panning gold. 1940


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A miner’s story…..My first gold mine



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The drive on the back country road was long and tedious. Dust found every small crack and crevice, layering itself upon everything in the car.
The ad had said “Gold mine for sale, 40 acres, good producer, must see to appreciate”. It noted that the price was negotiable. Now that sounded interesting. Where was this mountain I was looking for? The land around was fairly flat, with only a few small hills, valleys and dry washes.
It was nearing noon time and just ahead was an outcropping. Was this the mountain? It looked more like a rugged hill in the middle of no where. I pulled up to a gate which was closed but unlocked, opened it and headed towards the only thing I could see for miles that looked like what I was supposed to inspect. As I pulled into the main area, I could see an old 1800’s style stamping machine, it used to run on steam but now an old Ford tractor had been mounted so that the rear axle ran the 6 inch wide belt to drive the stamp. His home was a battered old Airstream trailer, an outhouse was about 60 yards away, I could see a windmill and well, an old homemade grizzly was off to the side. The mine opening was near the center of the “mountain” and the entrance looked dark and foreboding, the shoring was colored and aged.
The year was 1985, gold was at an average of $320 an ounce and hardly anyone was interested in buying gold mines. They were a lot of work to obtain less than on oz per ton of material, and even then most wanted easy jobs in local factories where a steady paycheck was almost guaranteed. I worked in a factory for one year before enlisting in the Army in 1968, that was not how I wanted to live my life. I had recently returned from a year overseas learning the gold business, 6 months in Peruvian gold fields and 6 months in South Africa. Text books are nice but nothing beats hands on application for really learning something.
I drove up to the battered trailer and an old gentleman of about 80 came out. It turned out he as actually 87 years old, walked with a cane, slightly hunched over but his eyes when I got to him were bright and twinkling. I could see this was a one man operation and knew he would want to just chat a bit before we got down to business, so we sat at a table made from an old wire spool, two rickety chairs were available and he went inside just before setting and came out with a bottle of Jack Daniels and two glasses.
We talked for little more than an hour during which I learned he used to be a college History Professor, but grew tired of the day to day grind, he longed for solitude, peace and quiet, work for himself away from the “city” life. He had bought the mine over 30 years ago, started his one man operation, added equipment as time went by, purchased with profit for what he had mined himself. He had not made a fortune, but has managed to put enough away he could live his final years in comfort. Time had caught up with him and his body was wearing down from the labor of his life.
The time had arrived to look at what he had, I retrieved my hard hat and light from my car and we headed to the mine. The old man was coy, the poor looking entrance was on purpose, just inside the shoring had been replaced within the last few years and continued into the mine. The mine was all tunnels, no shafts but he had marked on the walls where every major deposit had been found and also on a rough map of the tunnels. The end of the last tunnel was already drilled and ready for placing charges, which he said he set up to show any interested buyers a fresh blast and what he was finding. He was still using dynamite and an old 1800’s charging unit for the caps..I had stepped back in time over 100 years.
I helped him set the charges, run the wire back outside and he hooked everything up. He asked if I was ready and then pushed the plunger down. I could feel the vibration on the soles of my feet, heard a muffled blast, the dust started drifting out the entrance. He said the dust would settle in about 30 minutes so we sat back down at the table and talked some more. He had never married, came close but as he stated “it just did not take” and had been a bachelor all his life. After nearly an hour we went back into the mine, pushing the ore cart down the rails, I helped him load it up and then took it outside so we could see what we had. Gold could be seen on the various chunks of ore that we had loaded, not a lot but visible in the sunlight. He told me he pulled about 1/2 oz per ton, there was about 200 lbs of ore in the cart and it looked about the right amount for what we had loaded.
He told me it took about 3 days to process a ton of ore from start to finish nowadays and it just was not worth the effort and strain for him. He started up the old tractor and the stamp so I could see that it all worked. I noticed that the stamp was not very effective now and asked him where he put what he tossed out. He showed me a depression on the side of the hill, about 40 feet across and maybe 8 feet deep. I went down and saw that there was gold in the material and noted it to him, he just said it was not worth the trouble to stamp down and pan it out. The depression had me curious, it reminded me of a collapsed cavern I had seen in Missouri once.
We spent another hour or so walking around, looking the hill over, all his processing equipment and the time had come to start talking about the property and price.
He brought out the paperwork to show it was a patented mine, his original survey (this would have to be done again) his last IMSAH inspection (required by every state) and his past year of proceeds from the mine. He was making just over $20,000 a year, but I noted that it appeared by the ore he was throwing into the pile that he was losing about 30% due to the old methods he was using. Still for a one man operation it was not a bad income and he had all the peace and quiet he wanted and did not seem to be deprived of anything he wanted or needed.
So how much did he want? Was he going to base the price on a 5 year payout? Was the mine at the end of it’s worth and was on the downside of production? Questions ran rapidly through my mind. The only thing to do was ask him what he needed. The bottom line without getting into a long discussion about anything.
I was stunned by the answer. He immediately reminded me the price was negotiable if we needed to talk about it. I was shocked not by how much he was asking, but how little. $25,000.
There was at least half that amount in the pile I had looked at an hour earlier in the depression.
Only using his outdated equipment I could recover my investment in one year or less, not what I expected. I even told him I had expected a higher price, but he said he only wanted to move on and he was only asking what he needed. Needless to say I told him I would take it, but only if he would remain in contact by mail with me so we could remain in touch and let me know how he was doing. I told him I would do the same.
I purchased an ore crusher during the waiting period for all the paperwork to go through, a shaker table (sometimes called a Miller table) and the day after possession I began on his ore pile. The crusher was able to process 1 ton an hour and turn the material into a fine flour, which then went into the hopper for the table…5 months later I had recovered nearly $40,000 in gold and still had a large pile to work with. The old man wrote every week and I answered and told him what I had recovered, he just said good for me and hoped I was enjoying myself. One day two weeks went by without a letter from him, then I received a letter from the trailer court he was living at stating that he had passed away peacefully and they wondered if I knew of any relatives to notify as only my letters were in his new trailer. I left the same day and drove all night to reach the trailer court. I told them I did not know of any living relatives nor any friends that he had ever mentioned. They told me not to worry about it as the State would bury him. A Potter’s grave for a man who had worked all his life on a dream that I had shared was not going to be tossed into the ground with hardly a marker while I was alive and kicking. The man had actually put money in my pocket with the sale so I made all the arrangements and he was buried in the local cemetery. I had the following placed on his headstone...”A man who lived his dream and shared it with the world”
The mine still produces today, shafts were dug and more tunnels far below the mountain, but that is another story for another time.

“Don’t just chase your dream, catch it and make it real”

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