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Finding Gold in rivers and streams…


How to find Gold | Reading Streams

How to read a stream and where to find gold have given a lot beginner prospectors and recreational gold seekers a hard time. Let’s face it, it’s not the easiest thing to find. There are a couple ways to go about finding gold and I’ll share one method that works best for me!

So.. Where do you find gold?? Well, creeks, rivers, and water run off’s are some of the best places! That’s not to say that they are the only places though! There’s ancient rivers that are long dried up now that are known to carry VAST amounts of very course gold… more on that in another post perhaps. For now lets focus on finding gold in rivers and creeks.
First things first. The rivers and creeks are not where the gold is coming from! They are where the gold collects! The water from spring run off, floods and landslides all wash gold into the stream bed for you to find later. The gold we find in streams are called “placer deposits”. Placer gold is gold that’s traveled from its original source – AKA the lode. The further the gold travels the more rounded and smaller the pieces become. With that in mind you can zero in on “new” course gold. If you’re finding quartz stone mixed in or even attached to the gold you are very, very close to the source.

Some people like running around with a shovel and gold pan like a chicken with their head cut off! It’s not the best method in my eyes, but it can be an adventure and it’s not a boring systematic way of doing things. It’s a “fly by the seat of your pants” way of doing it and if you’ve got the prior knowledge and some good intuition it can pay off! I think every newbie tries this once before getting frustrated with poor returns or hit and miss gold finds that don’t make any sense.
If you really want to locate a pay streak, the best way is to do a grid system or at least keep it linear. Try the following and see if it works for you.
Find a section of a creek you believe to be gold bearing and look for the high water mark. The high water mark is a good indicator of where the water was during the spring flood season. Those spring floods load and shuffle the creek (hopefully) with gold.
Highlighted in red is where the high-water mark ends. Highlighted in blue is a good place to look for gold. There’s lots of roots and it’s on an inside bend just after the apex where the water tends to move slowest and even pool around the peninsula.
Once you’ve located the high water mark grab your shovel and gold pan, take a sample, pan it out and note how much black sand you’ve found. You can be a little quick and sloppy because we’re only monitoring the black sand amounts for now. Continue in this fashion while working towards the center of the creek and taking samples ever foot or two. Note the black sands in each pan… how much… how little.. and where the most concentrations are.

Here you can see the path that gold and the heavier materials will follow along a stream.Once you have a rough idea where all the concentrations of black sand are grab your pan and shovel again. Go to the spot in the creek (or outside of it if the water is low) and begin panning the area closest to the center of the creek where the black sand levels began to drop significantly.
If the creek is an active gold bearing creek this will be your most likely spot for a pay streak! Continue sampling with your gold pan, and if thing are beginning to look good it’s time to move in the heavier equipment like a sluice box where permitted.

If you’re not finding much or anything in that spot move down or upstream to another spot and repeat the process. Several factors might be causing the gold not to collect there. For instance there could be a slow spot in the creek up stream where the water loses its momentum and most of the gold gets deposited there! It’s also possible that in the spot you checked the water was moving too fast, however if that is the case there should be very little black sand present.
…And remember the old saying: “Gold is where you find it”! It’s worth mentioning though that it’s best to start looking in areas where other people have found it before!!

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Gold Prospectors Space Radio…28 Dec 13


Gold ProspectorsSpace Radio…. For Prospectors and Treasure Hunters..All aspects are covered each week, Drywashing,Dredging,Highbanking, Sluicing, Fine Gold Recovery, Hard Rock Mining and much more..Join us this Saturday, Dec 28, at 8:30 PM Est, call in with questions or comments..Join the the Gold Gang for News and Entertainment.. http://en.1000mikes.com/show/goldprospectorsspace_radio

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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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1900’s….Gold Hunting on beach in Alaska…home made sluice


1900's miner washing gold Alaska

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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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