Old Hydraulic Mines and Locations
Last Post 26 Mar 2017 04:04 PM by Mark Romano. 4 Replies.
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Mark RomanoUser is Offline
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16 Jul 2016 08:39 AM

    I have had interest in trying my luck prospecting and sampling areas where old hydraulic operations worked.  What is the best way to find out or what resources are available to determine where these operations took place in certain states?  I would hope to be able to stake my own claim at some point if I find promising results.  I know about the LR2000 but have not used it...would this program help me figure out where hydraulic mining was done?  Thanks for any info!                 

                                                      -Mark Romano

    RONALD PETERSONUser is Offline
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    21 Jul 2016 10:40 AM

         Mark, it helps to know what state you are wanting info on.  If you are in Oregon " Oregon's Golden Years " by Miles F. Potter, printed in 1978 is packed full of history.  For Arizona " Handbook to Arizona 1877 " by Richard J. Hinton is a good read.  As for California there are many books on the history of mining.  The one I like best is " Geologic Guidebook Along Highway 49-Sierran Gold Belt Bulletin 141, The Mother Lode Country " 1948 Division of Mines.

         Hope this helps and good luck finding your spot to dig Gold.       Ron

    ADAM ANDREWSUser is Offline
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    02 Oct 2016 09:19 PM

      There's a couple of spots I know of, mostly So. Calif. The San Gabriel mountains east fork river and Lytle creek, and Big Bear lake at the top of Gold mountain. There's still some patented Gold mining going on up there...But Hydro mining has been over since 1880 in California. I think it's still legal in Alaska

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    03 Oct 2016 10:27 AM
    I would like to suggest a researched and reprinted book from the CA. Bureau of Mines. Kerby Jackson revitalized the publication and made it available again after it was out of print for close to a century.
    It is a required piece in every prospectors library that will be prospecting California and following the old rule that the best place to find gold, is where it has already been found.

    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gol...ckid=3x648
    I'll see you, out there!
    Mark RomanoUser is Offline
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    26 Mar 2017 04:04 PM
    Thank you all so much for the valuable information. Kevin, I have placed an order for the book you recommend. My thought is to find areas where hydrolicking took place to prospect, I have heard it can be very rewarding! It was a successful but sloppy operation at the time, as surging water caused much of the lighter gold to flow right out of the miners long toms. Thanks again for the insight.
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