AS you may know from reading my blog, I am very interested in placer gold mining. Placer gold is flake and nuggets found in waterways. It has been washed out of mountains where it became dislodged in nature, most often by the passage of water over an outcropping.
The following article is informative and has great photographs. I recommend this if you are at all interested in finding gold.
This is an abandoned mine near where I live in Arizona. There is evidence that water is leaching through the ceiling. There is also evidence of candles that have burned on the walls in the past. This would not be my choice for a gold mine – don’t know what was being looked for but a lot of work went into it?
Of course, when checking out the finer sites of Oatman, one must always be cognizant of the fact that “crap happens”.
I like to do whatever I can on my own – including the manufacture of what I need. There is nothing wrong with going to a retail mining store for what you want, but if you would like to try it on your own try building a dry washer. You’ll need plans, of course. There are sites where you can pay for plans. But I have found a place on the Internet where there is an explanation of the use of the dry washer along with photos and rough plan that one could use to build a good dry washer.
Having just gotten my first dry washer I can attest to the fact that you will process more material, and hence, get more gold flake. Don’t forget to metal detect those piles of material the dry washer leaves behind. There’s nuggets in them piles! (Sometimes:) Click below to see.
This is where you shovel dirt in. At the bottom just above the metal chute, is an opening that can be closed, adjusted, or opened completely by a metal handle (can’t be seen) at the top of the photo. The dirt falls to the riffles and while the bellows is pumped by the wheel the dirt vibrates and hops over the riffles. Can’t see the riffles because they are below the hopper. The heavy stuff stays behind.The screen can be removed if something undesirable gets in the hopper.
I have published a few articles on looking for gold. The links are here: http://john000.hubpages.com/hub/Where-to-Find-Gold-if-You-are-a-Newbie-Gold-Prospecting-the-Best-Places-Using-Gold-Panning