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July 13, 2008 02:32PM
Best Prospecting magazine
[www.icmj.com]
International California Gold Mining Journal & editor Scott Harn, has been voted Best Prospecting magazine of year at BONE for last 10 years.

ICMJ Miners Calendar
July 18-20‘08 , Black Hawk/Central City, CO Eureka Treasure Hunters Club "Rush to the Rockies" 2008 National Invitation Treasure Hunt. Visit www.eurekathc.com or phone Gary & Ada Keim (303) 427-6484. Complimentary copies of ICMJ’s Prospecting and Mining Journal will be available.
July 26-27, 2008 Stevens Point, Wisconsin
MidState Metal Detector Club's 12th Annual Open Hunt and State Championship, Rivers Edge Campground. Contact Steven Miller, N3091 CTY Rd B, Hancock, WI 54943; email Stmill@uniontel.net Complimentary copies of ICMJ’s Prospecting and Mining Journal will be available.
August 1-3, 2008, Breckenridge, Colorado, Colorado State Gold Panning Championships at the river walk park downtown. Info’ Larry at goldpnr2005@msn.com
August 15-17, 2008, Oroville, Washington, Annual NW Miners Rally at City Park, Oroville, WA. Info’: www.minersrally.org or email: info@resourcescoalition.org Complimentary copies of ICMJ’s Prospecting and Mining Journal will be available.
August 30-31, 2008, Foresthill, California, Mother Lode Goldhounds Foresthill Heritage Celebration, Old Foresthill Memorial Park.
Visit www.foresthillchamber.org or email foresthillchamber@ftcnet.net Complimentary copies of ICMJ’s Prospecting and Mining Journal will be available.
September 27-28, 2008, Monterey, CA, 49th Carmel Valley Gem & Mineral Show, Monterey Fairgrounds, 204 Fairgrounds Rd. Info’ Sky Paxton (831) 262-2492 or email sky@familystones.net; Janis Rovetti (831) 657-1933 or email janis12@sbcglobal.net; or visit www.cvgms.org Complimentary copies of ICMJ’s Prospecting and Mining Journal will be available.


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Simple Field Test for natural Gold GOLD is malleable and soft like lead. Put your suspected GOLD in piece of cloth and on a flat rock, press it with a knife blade or tap it with your rock pick. GOLD WILL FLATTEN AND STAY TOGETHER. If it crumbles, its Pyrite, Mica, quartz or something else.

Preserving our Hobby
We should all set good examples by leaving an area cleaner than it was before we got there...Never hunt posted land without permission...Be as neat as possible when digging in Parks and lawns...And always fill your holes etc..., that's just to name a few ... We all know what's right and wrong.

Some Vermont gold locations
Bridgewater Corners; several locations near Junctions of Rte 4 & 100 A in the Ottauquechee River. Ferrisburg, Willie Brook in Grafton, West Hartford, the Gihon River in Eden Park, the Lamoille River in Johnson & Cambridge areas. In Ludlow, try the Black & Williams Rivers and Jewell Brook. In Marlboro try the Rock River and Adams Brook. In Morristown try the Sterling Brook. In Newfane try Adams Brook, Rock & West River. In Northfield try Dog River and Cox, Union & Stony Brook. Stony Brook in Pawlet. In Plymouth try Black River, and Buffalo Pinney, Hollow & Hale Hollow Brooks. The White River in Randolph, Roxbury, & Rochester. the Saxton River in Rockingham. The Green River in Searsburg. In Shaftsbury try Warm & Furnace Brooks. In Stowe = West Branch, Gold Brook & Waterbury River. Townshend = West & Saxton River & Willie Brook. Westfield & Troy = Missiquoi River. Waterbury = Winooski River & Thatcher Brook. and my favorite is Turkey Mountain Brook in Windham.

Pan for GOLD in Buffalo Brook @ Plymouth State Park, VT (parking $3) This is the stream that started the 1855 Vermont gold rush. The gold is available in all sizes from flour to fair size nuggets. The brook crosses Bushwell Pond Road just past the Camp Plymouth State Park. Parking is available at the park. The Jeep trail up the hill by the brook is steep and it crosses the brook four times in shallow fords only several inches deep.
You will need tools for digging in gravel and working cracks in the stream bed. There are traverse cracks that trap gold that can be opened with a pry bar. It is a long steep climb so go easy on heavy tools. The brook was totally cleaned out by mining operations in the last century, yet each year there is gold to be found. The banks of the stream and the little side brooks are constantly replacing the gold.
Gold will be found anywhere in the brook. Below the Fox Gold Mine just past the forth ford of the brook seems to be the more productive area. The mine had two shafts, one 300 feet long. The mine today is simply a big trench into the slope. Mossing is not as productive as working the brook and cracks.
The area is shaded and has little open area. The brook is a favorite trout stream. It certainly is not suited for swimming. In places it runs a few inches deep in late summer.
Note! It’s against the law to use a dredge in VT & sluicing requires a permit.

Some NEW HAMPSHIRE PLACER GOLD LOCATIONS. FIRST RECORD FROM SULFIDE MINE IN LYMAN IN 1864. NEXT GOLD BEARING QUARTZ FROM THE ATWOOD FARM ALSO IN LISBON. THIS LED TO THE DODGE GOLD MINE WHICH OPERATED FROM 1867 TO 1877. RECORDS ARE CONFUSED BUT THE U.S. MINT BOUGHT $46,803 WORTH FROM THAT MINE. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THE TOTAL OF ALL SOURCES IN THE AREA PRODUCED $70,000 WORTH.
SWIFTWATER = AMMONOOSUC RIVER. WARREN = BAKER RIVER. PITTSBURG = INDIAN RIVER, (BEST ON EAST BRANCH).
GOLD HAS BEEN FOUND ALSO IN BATH, BENTON, CAMPTON, CANAAN, DUBLIN, ENFIELD, FRANCONIA, HANOVER, LANDAFF, LEBANON, LISBON, LITTLETON, LYMAN, PITTSBURG, RUMNEY, SANDWICH, WARREN, SUGAR HILL, WOODSVILLE...... BEST REPORTED AREAS ARE BENTON, LYMAN, PITTSBURG, AND WARREN. MOST OF THE GOLD IS FLOUR TO ONE OR TWO GRAIN SIZE, BUT OCCASIONALLY 1 OR 2 OUNCE NUGGETS ARE FOUND. NEW HAMPSHIRE GOLD IS NEARLY THE PUREST IN THE WORLD, USUALLY ABOUT 23/ FINE. (SELDOM HAVING MORE THAN 1/2 KARAT OF IMPURITIES, MOSTLY SILVER).

Everyone finds gold at Wild Ammonoosuc River, SWIFTWATER, NH
This is a productive river for gold, fishing, swimming and fun. The river parallels Route 112 from the corner of Route 302. There is placer gold to be found anywhere in the first five miles of the river. The gold here comes in any size from flour to nuggets of pennyweight size. If you cannot find gold here, you are doing something wrong. During the spring thaw this river carries the run off from a wide area of the western range of the White Mountains and it runs very wild. Water levels can be ten feet above the summer levels. This means mossing is good far from the summer water levels. The river offers many curves and bedrock ledges as well as boulders to trap gold. The gorge called Little Eddy is full of obstructions. The waterfall area by the bridge is not a good spot to work.
Tools needed will depend on your plans, the river has so many panning environments. Hardpan clay is under the gravel in many places, with gold sitting on the hardpan. Try digging in the water to hardpan and after panning it off, using diving goggles to examine the bottom for gold. Some areas are in the White Mountains Park and restrictions apply to prospecting. Hand tools are allowed at this time. Other areas are near private homes where permission is needed.
Note ! In New Hampshire, A permit is required for dredging and permission is required from property owners to look for gold.

CONNECTICUT GOLD
WHAT'S HERE WAS THE RESULT OF THE RUN-OFF FROM THE MELTING GLACIER. PLACES TO TRY PANNING IS BEACON HILL BROOK IN BEACON FALLS, LEAD MINE BROOK IN HARWINTON, NICKLE MINE BROOK IN TORRINGTON, THE WEST BRANCH FARMINGTON RIVER IN RIVERTON AND RECENTLY A FRIEND SAID HE WAS FINDING SMALL PIECES IN A BROOK NEAR ENFIELD, CT.

Massachusetts Gold
MOSTLY ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE CONNECTICUT RIVER. IT HAS BEEN PANNED IN COUCH & KEETS BROOK AND THE GREEN RIVER. TOWN LOCATIONS WHERE GOLD HAS BEEN FOUND RECENTLY ARE BERNARDSTON, GILL, GREENFIELD, LEYDEN, SHELBURNE, ROWE, CHARLEMONT, MONROE, ZOAR, DEERFIELD & HATFIELD.
IT SHALL BE NOTED THAT CONNECTICUT VALLEY GOLD CAN BE IDENTIFIED AS TO WHERE IT CAME FROM BY THE SIZE OF THE GRAINS, THE ACTION OF THE WATER CARRYING IT SOUTH HAD THE EFFECT OF WEARING THE GRAINS SMALLER, GRINDING IT IN THE SAND. THE SMALLER THE GRAINS, THE FURTHER SOUTH IT TRAVELED. THE EXCEPTION IS THE AMMONOOSUC GOLD , THIS IS "FLOUR GOLD," HAVING ERODED FROM THE QUARTZ IN THE LISBON AREA.
Note! Much of the above information came from THE writings of E.C. "Gene" Kennedy of Greenfield, MA.

Not All That’s Gold, Glitters!
l. In nature, most of the 92 elements never occur in the metallic state. Practically the only
ones which do are Gold, Silver, and Platinum Minerals, as well as Iron, Copper, Bismuth, Antimony, and Mercury, which are rare and seldom occur in commercial quantities. You are unlikely to see any metallic Lead, Tungsten, Molybdenum, Nickel, or Tin in any rock or ore with a magnifying glass. Finding their hidden values requires the proper equipment.
2. Many valuable ores (Nickel, Cobalt, Bismuth, Vanadium, Uranium, Titanium, and many others, including Gold and Silver) may look just like common Country Rock, and show no mineralization whatever.
3. Certain ores (Platinum, Palladium, Iridium, Osmium, Ruthenium, Nickel, Cobalt, Tin, Arsenic, Copper, Bismuth, and many others, including Gold and Silver) may look just like common Iron Pyrites, and are discarded as worthless.
4. Remember the rock with the silver-white specks that you discarded as "just more worthless white iron?" Are you sure those silvery-white specks were not Tellurium? If it was, you may have had one of the richest of all Gold or Silver ores, containing thousands of dollars per ton in Gold or Silver. Yet there is no color visible! So you discard it and continue looking at "worthless rocks." That is what prospectors have done for a hundred years. Their Gold and Silver Telluride's are still scattered around their prospect holes and mine dumps. Someone can come with the proper knowledge and equipment, find their hidden values and, maybe, discover another Cripple Creek!
Professional Mineralogists today do not use appearance alone to separate the "worthless rocks" from the valuable minerals. Instead, they use the proper equipment.
The lack of knowledge and the proper equipment has been the cause of many an overlooked fortune!

A great book GOLD PANNING IS EASY By Roy Lagal
Where to find gold and how to pan. "How To" instructions on metal detecting, prospecting, rock hounding, and gold dredging. Illustrated. 84 pages. $10. at Streeters, Rte 101, Marlborough, New Hamp. 03455 gstreeter@ne.rr.com

Some More Gold Info’
It is the most non-reactive metal found meaning it does not rust or corrode like other metals. Place a nugget of gold and a piece of iron or aluminum in the sea for several weeks. At the end of this time the aluminum may not even be recognizable and the iron has rusted away but the gold still looks the same as when you initially put it in the seawater. Gold is also one of the most electrically conductive of all metals, which is why it is commonly used in electronic circuitry. Lastly, gold is extremely ductile meaning it can be drawn out into thin long wires and it is very malleable meaning it can be flattened in to extremely thin sheets.
The old saying, "gold is where you find it" is of course true but an even more telling statement would be "gold is where you find it and how you look for it." For example in a gold bearing stream many gold nuggets could be under your feet and if you didn't have the proper knowledge and equipment this gold would never be found.
Panning - is the probably easiest and cheapest way of finding gold for the recreational miner. The summer and fall season is the best time to pan for gold in New England. The water is not usually rushing & is lower exposing more of the streambed and the water is usually a bit warmer.



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