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Posted by Sea Hunter 
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Vermont Gold & info'
July 18, 2010 07:23AM
Green Mountain Gold
To the knowledgeable there is plenty of gold to be found in the state of Vermont. As a young man Calvin Coolidge who later became the President of the United States was a gold prospector in the town where he was born, Plymouth Vermont. There have been many mining claims staked in Plymouth along the Pinney Hollow Brook, and other brooks that are found in this town
Gold has been reported in many places in the state of especially on the east side of the Green Mountains. Just about any river or stream the drains the eastern half of Vermont is known to carry gold. This is placer gold That is found in the gravel of the streams where it is close to bedrock. It doesn't appear as sparkles on the stone, instead it is followed in the bottoms of the streams because it is heavier than anything else.
Several years ago one lucky prospector was able to find a concentration of gold in one of the streams that yielded over $2800 worth of gold for about an hours worth of work. No matter how you look at it this is a good hour's pay.
In the past century there have been many gold mines that actually sold stock in the mining venture. More often than not these were some kind of scheme to liberate money from the suckers, but it still remains that gold is being found to this day in Vermont.
To our knowledge there has never been found lode gold in Vermont, however there are plenty of indications that it might exist. Because of the ground cover it is extremely difficult to do any prospecting in the eastern United States. In Vermont we have greenstone associated with granite intrusions that usually are indicators of gold deposits.
If any lode gold is ever found in Vermont it will have to be done using geochemical or geophysical methods because with the glacial cover and the vegetation it is going to be extremely difficult to find this stuff. In order to find gold this way you are actually going to have to look for some of the minerals that are associated with gold. The most likely minerals that you could find are copper ores.
If you're going to use geophysical methods the most likely to produce results is ground resistively done with a high impedance galvanometer; because the most common mineral that gold is associated with is quartz. Quartz
displays in the field a higher resistance to the flow of electricity then most other minerals, therefore it is conceivable to use the ground resistively technique.
One of the most likely places to look would be associated with the greenstone belts, or as indicated on the state geological bedrock maps as an ultramafic intrusion. Many of the ultramafic bodies in the state of Vermont are being mined right now for talc or soapstone. Anywhere that you can find that they are minding these minerals is a pretty good place to look for gold. This could be either lode gold or placer gold. Another place where ultramafic rocks are to be found is near asbestos mines, because asbestos is nothing more than metamorphosed serpentine; an ultramafic rock.
One of the places that you should not overlook are the sand and gravel bars to be found in the Connecticut River that is the border between Vermont and New Hampshire. Both of these states are known to be gold producers, and there is no reason to suppose they won't be in the future.

Geology of Vermont
GOLD IN VERMONT Excerpt from "Vermont Rockhounding" by Ethel Schuele.
"You're probably familiar with the famous California Gold Rush, but how many know that one occurred in Vermont? Plymouth (VT) farmers discovered placer gold in Broad Brook and for a time gave up their farming to pan for gold. Canny Yankees that they were, they soon calculated that they weren't really earning more money than they had from farming, and the Vermont Gold Rush was over. Gold can still be panned from Broad Brook today. In fact, many other Vermont streams offer the energetic collector a chance to find some placer gold as a return for a hard day's work. The locations include: Rock River in Newfane and Dover; Williams River in Ludlow; Ottauquechee River in Bridgewater; White River in Stockbridge and Rochester; Third Branch of the White River in Braintree; Mad River in Warren, Waitsfield and Moretown; Shady Rill Brook in Wrightsville; Minister Brook in Worcester; Little River in Stowe and Waterbury; Gold Brook in Stowe; Lamoille River in Johnson; Gihon River in Eden; and the Missisquoi River in Lowell and Troy".
To formally identify a mineral that you believe is gold, the material will need to be tested or assayed. A jeweler in your area may have the expertise to do this or may be able to give you the name of someone they have dealt with. The Vermont Geological Survey can provide names of testing laboratories.

Characteristics of the mineral gold include:
Recreational mineral prospectors:
(A) shall not operate suction dredges in any watercourse;
(cool smiley may operate sluice boxes in any watercourse, provided:
(i) a request for approval to conduct mineral prospecting shall be filed with and approved by the secretary; and
(ii) mineral prospecting shall not be conducted on private land without landowner permission, or on state land without permission from the secretary.
If you have questions, please contact the District Environmental Office (see below). For season dates (currently June 1- October 1) and permits, contact the Regional Engineer at the appropriate Vermont District Environmental Office (see below). For approvals of the operation of mineral prospecting equipment issued under 10 V.S.A. chapter 41sad smileyA) annual approval for a resident: $ 30.00 (cool smiley annual approval for a nonresident: $100.00.
Permit applications will be reviewed pursuant to the jurisdiction of 10 V.S.A., Chapter 41, Subchapter 2, Stream Alteration, or Section 1272 of 10 V.S.A., Chapter 47, Subchapter 1, Water Pollution Control.
Questions regarding projects subject to this jurisdiction should be addressed to the regional engineer at the appropriate District Environmental Office.
Northern District : Barry Cahoon, District Environmental Office, 184 Portland St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. Phone (802) 748-8787
Southern District: Fred Nicholson, District Environmental Office, 450 Asa Bloomer State Office Bldg., Rutland, VT 05701. Phone (802) 786-5906
To PROSPECT (other than hand panning) on Green Mountain National Forest Land, a permit is required. Contact: Green Mountain National Forest, 231 N. Main St., Rutland, Vermont 05701. Telephone: 802-747-6700

Vermont has a rich history of early settlements - the perfect spot for an energetic relic hunter! Here's a few ideas to get you started:
Schools and College Campuses Parks / Playgrounds / Picnic Areas Foundations, Wells, and Cellar Holes of Old Churches or Houses Downtown Construction Sites Swimming Holes, Beaches, and Natural Springs Camp Grounds, Boy Scout Camps, WPA Camps, and Mining Camps Sports Facilities Ghost Towns Rodeo Arenas, Riding Stables, and Race Tracks Old Fair and Carnival Locations Old Town Dumpsites LOST TREASURE
As in other areas of the US, there are several tales of lost treasure in Vermont concerning caches buried for safety. In many of these stories, people either died or forgot where they buried the stash. Contributing factors include:
1. Federal laws making possession of gold illegal in the early 1900s
2. Distrust of banks during the Great Depression.
One does not usually associate Spanish explorers and expeditions with the Green Mountain State, but Tom Penfield (1952) told of two treasures buried by Spaniards, one of gold on the slopes of Ludlow Mountain. One often sought "treasure" is the original wooden mint building used by Reuben Harmon and his associates in the coining of Vermont coppers circa 1785-1786. In the 1960s, when poking around Pawlet in search of clues, I was shown not one but two candidates for the structure, both moved from the original site along a brook. Too bad that Sylvester S. Crosby (Early Coins of America, 1875, p. 90) gives a fairly detailed account of the building's loss when it collapsed in a windstorm in the winter of 1855-1856. These excerpts are a sampling from American Coin Treasures and Hoards
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