A PROSPECTOR AND HIS OUTFIT
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31 Jul 2014 09:50 PM

    A PROSPECTOR AND HIS OUTFIT

    1898

    The following list of necessaries it is as full as can be given by anyone, and is more than the average prospector generally needs. As a rule, we would say take as little as you possibly can, and do not overburden yourself with impedimenta.

     

    First. Two pairs of heavy blankets, weighing about 8 pounds each.

    Second. A buffalo robe or blanket lined poncho.

    Third. Suit of strong gray woolen clothes, pair of brown jean trousers, a change of woolen underclothing, woolen socks, pair of heavy boots, soft felt hat, three or four large colored handkerchiefs, a pair of buckskin gauntlets, toilet articles, etc. All should go into a strong canvas bag.

    Fourth. A breach-Loading rifle or shotgun and a revolver. Around his waist a strong sash to carry his holster and knife, in a sheath. His ammunition, if his revolver is a large bore, may conveniently fit both his rifle and revolver. Pipe and tobacco.

    Fifth. A sure-footed native or mountain pony. A Mexican saddle with its saddle horn, straps, etc., to tie on various things, such as his pack, bags, water canteen, etc. The left stirrup may be fitted with a leather tube, in which the rifle barrel may be placed. A strap around the saddle horn will secure the gun stock. The long lariat or stake rope for tethering his horse should be coiled up and tied by a strap to the saddle horn.

    Sixth. For prospecting, a 'poll' pick, an iron prospecting pan, and a horn spoon should be carried. The pan besides being useful for washing out sand serves also as a dish or bathing vessel. A large iron spoon for melting certain metals is likewise to be carried, and in some cases a small portable Battersea assaying furnace.

    Seventh. A frying pan 8 inches diameter, of wrought iron, a coffee pot, tin cup, spoon and fork, and matches in tin box, pocket compass, a spy glass, or pair of field glasses.

    Eighth. Provisions: bacon, flour, beans, coffee or tea, pepper, salt, and box of yeast powder, all packed in strong bags, to go into a canvas sack. A few lessons in the kitchen on cooking will be advantageous before starting.

    Ninth. Packing the bronco: Place a folded blanket on the horse's back; on this lay the saddle. The saddle bags contain small things. The bags with provisions are placed behind the cantle of the saddle; on top of this the bag of clothing. The pick goes on top, tied by a thong. Coffee pot and frying pan are lashed on the bags. Sometimes a prospector takes a horse to ride on and another as a pack animal, or a donkey only. For grass and water for his horse he must trust to the country, and he will fix his temporary camp in some suitable location, where these are to be found, and thence, as from headquarters, prospect daily the adjacent country, returning nightly, it may be, to his camp.

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    02 Aug 2014 07:28 PM
    Hell a travel trailer affords all of this and more ... seems like a lot to make a pore old horse carry.
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    11 Apr 2015 03:36 PM
    Are you a re-enactor sure sounds like it
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    11 Apr 2015 04:25 PM
    Naaa, I read a lot and pay attention when the Old Timers are talking.
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    11 Apr 2015 04:28 PM
    I got a Travel Trailer.... Darn Horse refused to pull it.
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    12 Apr 2015 06:38 AM
    My problem is my paycheck doesn't cover my expensive hobbies and my vacation is weakly based darn it
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    28 Apr 2015 01:13 PM
    From what it sounds like the old prospecters had it right. But ..... as it goes a dog travois might work for short trips ( i'm short the dogs and my two cats refuse to do that job) . The horse might not like pulling a travel trailor but is that not why we have spouses and children? Us males need to keep our hands free to carry the rifle and keep the snakes at bay! Excuse me my wife has just informed me of the error in my views, that base ball bat hurts!
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    28 Apr 2015 05:54 PM
    Yep! Got your last name right. You keep talking like that and she will Bean you again with that bat. Will the Medic please go to Mr. Beans room. Some people never learn.
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