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Gold Mining In The 21st Century Order This Book
Gold Mining In The 21st Century
The Complete Book of Modern Gold Mining Procedures
by David McCracken
Soft cover, 8.5" x 11", 280 pages, copyright 2010
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Gold Mining In The 21st Century outlines everything a beginner will need and want to know about getting started at gold mining today, either as a part-time or commercial activity. In easy to understand language, supported by clear photographs and graphic illustrations, this book covers all the important subjects - including what gold is and looks like, how gold deposits form and how to find and recover them, and the legal aspects of how to claim the gold for yourself.

Covered are up-to-date mining procedures for panning gold, sluicing, suction dredging, high banking, dry-washing, hardrock mining, basic refining techniques, gold cleaning procedures, selling gold, and much, much more.

Herein lies the most comprehensive and through work on electronic prospecting with metal detectors published and on the market today. Virtually an encyclopedia of modern gold mining techniques, there is no other book available that is more up-to-date, as simple to understand, or which covers the entire subject as thoroughly as Gold Mining In The 21st Century.

Chapters include: Introduction - Economics; 1 Gold - What It Is; 2 Placer Geology; 3 Where To Find Gold; 4 Panning For Gold; 5 Sluicing For Gold; 6 Dredging For Gold; 7 Final Clean-Up Procedures; 8 Dry-Washing For Gold; 9 Lode Mining Basics; 10 Electronic Prospecting; and 11 Gold Mining Procedure - Wrapping It All Up. Appendices include an extensive nineteen page glossary of terms, weight conversion and specific gravity tables.


Gold Fever Order This Book
Gold Fever
The Art of Panning and Sluicing
by Louis De Lorenzo
Soft cover, 5.25" x 8.25", 80 pages, copyright 1970

Looking for and finding gold is not an easy, comfortable, homey type of recreation. It is hard work, but it will get you outdoors and reward you with invigorating, adventure filled outings and escapades. It will stir and awaken the dormant pioneer blood that is inherent in most of us.

Readers of Gold Fever - The art of Panning and Sluicing will soon be climbing over rocks and boulders that previously loomed as huge obstacles to find the secret hiding places wherever the river has left her clues.

Chapters include: How It Started; The Charisma Of Gold; The Distinctive Behavior of Gold; Reading & Working The River - Mossing And Crevicing; What You Need To Begin; Panning For Beginners; Mini-Portable Sluice Box; Using Your Sluice; Separating Gold From Sand; Making Gold Jewelry; Gold Panners Mining Terms; Where To Find It: California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico.


Gold Prospectors Handbook Order This Book
Gold Prospectors Handbook
by Jack Black
Soft cover, 5.25" x 8.25", 176 pages, copyright 1987

While the prospecting greenhorns will find elementary advice easy to get, and the principles quite simple to master, there is a great gap in the literature of amateur prospecting. There are many short articles and small pamphlets that briefly introduce the subject of prospecting, but these stop just where they should begin. On the other end of the scale, there are excellent engineering books which describe in highly technical terms the principles of professional mining a prospecting.

Gold Prospectors Handbook is written to fill that void. To show the beginner how to get started and progress to the point where he can become an advanced, proficient amateur at prospecting and small mining operations. To teach him how to bring home the bacon - or gold, mercury, silver, or whatever else it is he seeks.

Chapters include: What Is Gold?; Is There Any Gold Left?; Elementary Geology; Elementary Mineralogy; Geological Agents; Stream Geology; Introduction To Placers; Stream Placer Prospecting; An Introduction to Dredging; Setting Up And Testing Your Dredge; The Initial Launch; Dredging Principles; Principles Of Lode Prospecting; Sampling Theory; Other Valuable Minerals; Tools Of The Prospector; Final Concentration Methods and a glossary.


Mines of Death Valley Order This Book
Mines of Death Valley
by L. Burr Belden
Soft cover, 5.25" x 8.25", 71 pages, copyright 1985

Mines Of Death Valley presents the story of fabulous mining booms, of the men who braved the hot wastes to find gold and silver bonanzas from 1849 to World War II, and informal record that proves the truth is a far better story than the numerous 'fakes' written about this region.

Here also are reasoned, researched accounts of the famous 'Lost Gunsight' and 'Lost Breyfogle' together with an explanation of the 'Lost Mormon Diggins'. Since the early 1920s author L. Burr Belden has sought out and interviewed these bonanza finders and has been proud to name them as friends. Now he shares their confidences with you who read this book.

Contents include: Introduction - it started in 1849, Salt Spring - the first mine, The Gunsight - and gunsighters, Panamint - senators rescue bandits, Breyfogle - Indian captive, Chloride Cliff - the first road, Wingate Pass - Scotty fools them all, Greenwater - and Diamond Lil, Bullfrog - Shorty liked to talk, Skidoo - he was hanged twice, Ashford Mill - the fort, Jean Le Moigne - and his bank, Hanaupah - the burro wore a bathrobe, Aguereberry - and Harrisburg, Greater View - wooden leg monument, Later Days - talc, lead, Epsom salts, Suggested Reading and an Index.


Mines of the Eastern Sierra Order This Book
Mines of the Eastern Sierra
by Mary DeDecker
Soft cover, 5.25" x 8.5", 72 pages, copyright 1993

Mines Of The Eastern Sierra tells the story of those mines located on the eastern slope of the great Sierra Nevada and in the arid stretches of the Inyo Mountains. After the first frenetic rush of '49 played out, miners drifted back of the crest to look at the county that they had blindly scrambled over. So in 1857, the mining activity of the eastern Sierra started, to continue until the present day.

Included are stories of the mystery mines, such as the Lost Gunsight, over toward Death Valley, and of the Lost Cement Mine of the Mammoth Lake region. Directions are clearly given, to allow the present-day prospector of the history lode to locate these century-old mines. Included are photos, sketches and maps, both of this day and those made my engineers and miners a hundred years ago.

Contents include: Introduction, Dogtown & Monoville, Homer District, Tioga, Prescott, Benton (blind Springs, White Peak, Indian & Clover Patch Districts), Cos, Russ & Inyo Districts, Beveridge, Kearsarge, Cerro Gordo, References and Index.


Mines of the High Desert Order This Book
Mines of the High Desert
by Ronald Dean Miller
Soft cover, 5.25" x 8.5", 72 pages, copyright 1998

After the first bloom of the Gold Rush of the Mother Lode, the miners spread out over the rest of the state, looking for other untouched lodes. By 1873 claims were filed near the Oasis of Twentynine Palms. Soon a boom was in full swing at the Palms Mining District. A decade later the larger deposits of the Dale District were discovered some twenty miles to the east. Here were born, lived and died the three camps, 'Old Dale', 'New Dale' and 'Virginia Dale'.

Author Ron Miller lived in this area and knew both the countryside of the High Desert and the men who were responsible for the location and the development of the Mines of the High Desert. Mines Of The High Desert tells stories that have never before been given to the lovers of desert lore. Included are many early as well as contemporary photographs of these early mines. The author has enlarged and supplemented his justly popular first edition. Here are also the mines of the Space Age, the ores needed to alloy steel, as well as the 'rare-earths' that supply the brilliant tints and hues of color television.

Contents include: Beginnings, Early Activity, Virginia Dale, United Greenwater, People Of The Town, Eastern Mines - Map of the High Desert, Desert Freighting, The McHaney Gang, Other Mines, Mine Closures, After Gold, Desert Driving, Reference and Index.


Mines of the Mojave Order This Book
Mines of the Mojave
by Rod and Peggy Miller
Soft cover, 5.25" x 8.25", 71 pages, copyright 1976

Mines Of The Mojave covers the numerous mining districts running across the upper Mojave Desert from Tropico, west of the town of Mojave, to Mountain Pass, a little west of the Nevada border. Except for those of Calico and Randsburg, most of these mines are little known, yet provide interesting jaunts for the visitor who does not wish to drive too far from the metropolitan centers. Many others may be reached by a short side trip from the Los Angeles-Las Vegas highway.

There include in addition to the old gold and silver mines, the now very important 'non-metallics' such as borax, talc, soda-ash and the TV-fluors of the Mountain Pass region. Contents include: Introduction, Mojave-Rosamond, El Paso-Randsburg, Burro Schmidt's Tunnel, Searles Lake-Panamint Valley, Barstow-Calico, Oro Grande-Victor Valley, Kramer-Boron, Newberry-Rodman Mtns., Amargosa-Silver Lake, Providence Mtns.-Lanfair Valley, Clark-Mescal, Misplaced Mines, References and Index.


Mines of the San Bernardinos Order This Book
Mines of the San Bernardinos
by John W. Robinson
Soft cover, 5.25" x 8.25", 71 pages, copyright 1977

When we think of the San Bernardino mountainside, most of us think of Arrowhead and Big Bear lakes, of the Rim of the World Highway and the ski resorts. Little do we know that just off the highway lie remains of a gold rush that started shortly after the famous rush of the '49ers in northern California. It was in 1860 that 'Uncle Billy' Holcomb wandered over a ridge to start the largest gold rush in the southern regions of the Golden State, a rush that is still celebrated by a festival each year at Big Bear.

In Mines Of The San Bernardinos author John Robinson tells of this and the many other strikes that led to the opening of this high wooded area. Here are stories of Uncle Billy, as well as the more recent ones of such as Lucky Baldwin's, who built large gold mills at Doble, the remains of which are still to be seen above the shore of the lake that now bears his name.

Contents include: Author's Note, Introduction, Bear Valley, Billy Holcomb's Discovery, Holcomb Valley - Boom Days, Holcomb Valley - Middle Years, Holcomb Valley - Later Years, Gold Mountain, Cushenbury City, Lone Valley, Rattlesnake Canyon, Rose Mine, Tip Top Mines, Blackhawk Canyon, Coxey Meadow Country, Onyx Mine, Legends & Yarns, Appendix - Bylaws of Holcomb District, Gold Fever Trail, References and Index.


Mines of the San Gabriels Order This Book
Mines of the San Gabriels
by John W. Robinson
Soft cover, 5" x 8", 72 pages, copyright 1973

When one thinks of gold mining such places as the Mother Lode and Death Valley come to mind. Yet in the San Gabriel Range, located just to the northeast of the city of Los Angeles, occurred the first recorded gold strike in the state of California, four years before John Marshall found nuggets in the millrace at Coloma in northern California. Even today, Los Angeles County ranks among the top gold producers in the state, all of which comes from the San Gabriel.

Many of these old mines, such as the Red Rover and the Governor, are within sight of our freeways. Others may be reached by short walks or hikes, such as Placerita Canyon and the Big Horn. In Mines Of The San Gabriels author John Robinson describes the various districts, such as the San Fernando and the Santa Anita placers, the gold mines of the Soledad region and Lytle Creek, as well as the lode mines on the upper San Gabriel River and on the slopes of Mt. Baldy.

While gold mining is no longer one of Los Angeles' major industries, many still putter around these gold-bearing rivers, doing "recreational mining," while many others just like to explore the ruins and traces of those olden days. Contents include: Introduction, San Fernando Placers, Soledad Mines, Bib and Little Pasadena, Santa Anita Placers, San Gabriel River, Big Horn et al, Baldy Mines, Lytle Creek, Bibliography and Index.


N.W. Gem Fields and Ghost Town Atlas Order This Book
N.W. Gem Fields and Ghost Town Atlas
by Robert Neil Johnson
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 47 pages, copyright 1969
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Whether a billion year-old rock or 100 year-old whiskey bottle strikes your fancy, the Northwest has treasures to uncover. One simply cannot segregate the rockhound from the bottle and relic collector, the prospector from the treasure hunter, or the history buff from the photographer. N.W. Gem Fields and Ghost Town Atlas combines all these interests in one book of maps.

Modern highways and cities are shown in black. The ghost towns and historic places appear with anecdotes giving their years and importance, all red in outline. The rock hunting areas are in red, naming the gems or minerals to be found. Information provided includes areas of interest in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. Maps include vicinities of Seattle, Spokane, Missoula, Great Falls, East Montana/North Dakota, Tacoma, Yakima, Idaho/Montana, Butte, Livingston, Portland, John Day, Salmon River, Yellowstone, Casper, South Dakota, Medford, Burns, Boise, Pocatello, Rawlings, and Laramie. Many of the locations are on public land and may be explored and hunted freely.


Placer Gold Deposits of Arizona Order This Book
Placer Gold Deposits of Arizona
by Maureen G. Johnson
Soft cover, 5.25" x 8.25", 103 pages, copyright 1987

Placer Gold Deposits Of Arizona provides a comprehensive and authoritative catalog of location, geology and production with lists of annotated references pertaining to the placer gold districts of Arizona. Eighty-seven placer districts in Arizona are estimated to have produced a minimum of 564,052 ounces of placer gold from 1774 to 1968.

The location, areal extent, past production, mining history and probable lode source summarized for each district are based on information obtained from a wide variety of published reports relating to placer deposits. Annotated references to all reports that contain information about individual deposits are given for each district. A Geological Survey map of placer deposits in Arizona is included.


Placer Gold Deposits of Nevada Order This Book
Placer Gold Deposits of Nevada
by Maureen G. Johnson
Soft cover, 5.25" x 8.25", 118 pages

Placer Gold Deposits Of Nevada provides a comprehensive and authoritative catalog of location, geology and production with lists of annotated references pertaining to the placer gold districts of Nevada. One hundred and fifteen placer districts in Nevada are estimated to have produced a minimum of 1,700,000 ounces of placer gold from 1849 to 1968.

The location, areal extent, past production, mining history and probable lode source summarized for each district are based on information obtained from a wide variety of published reports relating to placer deposits. Annotated references to all reports that contain information about individual deposits are given for each district. A Geological Survey map of placer deposits in Nevada is included.


Placer Gold Deposits of New Mexico Order This Book
Placer Gold Deposits of New Mexico
by Maureen G. Johnson
Soft cover, 5.25" x 8.25", 46 pages, copyright 1992

Placer Gold Deposits Of New Mexico provides a comprehensive and authoritative catalog of location, geology and production with lists of annotated references pertaining to the placer gold districts of New Mexico. Thirty-three placer districts in New Mexico are estimated to have produced a minimum of 661,000 ounces of placer gold from 1828 to 1968.

The location, areal extent, past production, mining history and probable lode source summarized for each district are based on information obtained from a wide variety of published reports relating to placer deposits. Annotated references to all reports that contain information about individual deposits are given for each district. A Geological Survey map of placer deposits in New Mexico is included.


Placer Gold Deposits of the Sierra Nevada Order This Book
Placer Gold Deposits of the Sierra Nevada
by Paul D. Morrison
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 192 pages, copyright 1997
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The history and geology of the Mother Lode Gold Country of California were well documented in numerous government mineral resource surveys throughout the century. Placer Gold Deposits of the Sierra Nevada compiles data from those reports, long unavailable, in a concise, convenient edition that concentrates on placer gold, hydraulic, and drift mines, giving location information as well as history and past production figures.

Covering the mines of the Mother Lode, it also includes the other gold-producing counties of the southern and northern Sierra Nevada range, and the dredging areas of the American, Feather and Yuba Rivers. More than twenty county maps complete this valuable guide to prospecting the Gold Country of California.

Contents include maps and information on mining districts and mines and mining operations in the follow counties: Amador County, Butte County, Calaveras County, El Dorado County, Fresno County, Kern County, Lassen County, Madera County, Mariposa County, Merced County, Nevada County, Placer County, Plumas County, Sacramento County, Sierra County, Stanislaus County, Tehama County, Tuolume County, and Yuba County. Legislation and regulations pertinent to placer mining in California and contact information for regulating agencies are presented in 3 appendices. A two page bibliography of sources and cited publications is also provided.


Recreational Gold Prospecting for Fun and Profit Order This Book
Recreational Gold Prospecting for Fun and Profit
by Gail Butler
Soft cover, 6" x 9", 206 pages, copyright 1998

What comes to mind when you hear the word, gold? Perhaps it conjures up images of water-rounded nuggets seen through the clear sparkling waters of a creek or stream. Or maybe you envision the mellow sheen of lode gold, concealed within the deep places of a min, lit momentarily by the glow of a miner's lamp.

If you're just starting out in gold prospecting, this is the book for you. Here are straightforward and complete answers to all of your questions about where to go, what to bring, what to do when you get there and also when you get back home with your new-found gold. The author's vast experience in outdoor recreation and "user-friendly" writing style will help you get ready to enjoy a great family activity that's loaded with fun-and profit!


Treasure Hunting for Fun and Profit Order This Book
Treasure Hunting for Fun and Profit
by Charles Garrett
Soft cover, 5.5" x 8.25", 204 pages, copyright 1997

Treasure hunting is fun! And it can be profitable. "A hobby that pays for itself" is explained in layman's language. Healthy outdoor exercise and sheer excitement and pleasure of finding treasure are but two of its many advantages.

Veteran metal detector manufacturer and treasure hunter Charles Garrett draws from his lifetime of experience to cite numerous instances where different kinds of valuable objects have been found with metal detectors and to suggest where more treasure is waiting to be found... today!

Treasure Hunting for Fun and Profit explains how truly simple it is to find coins, jewelry, money caches, gold nuggets and countless other items of value with a modern electronic metal detector.


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