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Last Post 01 Feb 2021 06:02 PM by  GEROLD PERSONETT
Three Fault
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GEROLD PERSONETT
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11 Jan 2021 12:19 PM
    Just got back from AZ, Three Fault claim, good looking area, I didn't find any gold this trip, I did find a bunch of small nails about a 1/2 long and all curled at the ends and they were all in an area of about 3 feet. I posted a picture of them on my claim report if anyone wants to take a look at them, maybe some one has and idea what they are or what there from. Maybe from an old saddle bag or something, I've found boot tacks and there smaller so I don't think there from an old pair boots. The mystery and the history of the targets we dig are fun to think about too.
    Christopher Satkowski
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    12 Jan 2021 03:36 PM
    They look more like fishhooks than boot tacks!!

    The hooked nails to me look like they were driven completely through a board and then bent back over on itself. I would bend nails like that on an exposed piece of board that I would be handiling and didn't want to get poked.

    Its amazing some of the thigs the old timers worked at. A few miles from Three Faults a found an old ore chute, but the metal was so thin, I could not see it supporting a shovelworth of material. Between the mill on the San DOmingo and the Dam in that area, there's some old relics around there.
    GEROLD PERSONETT
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    12 Jan 2021 05:57 PM
    Thanks Chris, That makes since to me. Of course I was hoping it was from something more exciting but the mystery behind the things we find out in the middle of no where is a lot of fun and never knowing what some one might find. Thanks again.
    GEROLD PERSONETT
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    13 Jan 2021 04:16 PM
    I got another theory what those curled over nails could be, I was told they may have been used on an old chair to tack down the cushion, and later that part of the chair was burned or had rotten away. Maybe the area I found the nails/tacks was an old camp site? The next time I'm back there I'll check out the area some more and see if I can find some more clues. Good enough reason for me to plan another trip to Three Fault, oh ya, and find some gold too.
    Paul Jensen
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    31 Jan 2021 11:09 AM
    I was told by a friend that the small bent nails were used to hold fabric on home made dry washers.
    GEROLD PERSONETT
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    01 Feb 2021 09:30 AM
    That makes even more sense, the next time I'm there I'll work the area some more, maybe they left more than some nails. It sure is a good looking claim hopefully someone will do some drywashing on the claim and post there results.
    KEVIN HOAGLAND
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    01 Feb 2021 04:01 PM
    Shoe tacks and upholstery tacks are great clues at times. Both were used with Drywashinig in those days. I feel like it was whitherever was easy to get when going into town to get supplies. Shoe tacks small flat heads were many times at a premium while cloth tacks larger sometimes a little rounded were easier to get. More folks fixing shoes over chairs. :-)
    In either case when I start finding these I stop detecting and spend some time looking for old flattened out over time Drywash tailings and coarse piles in the area. When I find those its always coarse piles first with the detector then the tailings dry panning. Works for me most of the time. Then there are the times that tacks are just tacks on the ground.
    GEROLD PERSONETT
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    01 Feb 2021 06:02 PM
    I just don't want to pass up any clues the old timers my have left behind, the next time I'm in the area I will be looking at the area again with new eyes, I wish I would've spent more time thinking about it when I was there. Not just slow and low swinging the metal detector but I also need to slow down and pay attention to the clues from the past also. I won't be heading to AZ until next November, but when I get back I'll post any knew info I find and how I did. Three Fault is a 40 acre claim so if anyone metal detects the claim and finds some more of them nails check it out and let me/us know how you did. The area was on the west side of the claim about center, on the south side of one of the small washes that run west. Maybe nothing, but the area needs to be checked again, plus the claim is some real good looking ground and is worth checking out.
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