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  2. Mining Relic's of the Mother lode There are relic's from the California Gold Rush all over the State. The pictures in the video are from Grass Valley to Beckwourth and just about every camp or village in between. When Gold was discovered in California in 1848 it started a mass expedition to the territory in search of great wealth. I hope you enjoy the pictures and the video I just love visiting the Historic mining towns and sites .
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  4. Thanks Chris, sorry for the slow reply - I went under the radar for a while. I see what you mean. We recently approached a rancher with so good ground. There was no way he was going to lease to us. Also I recently found out that Federal land can have split estates - making the mineral rights quite complicated. I see why larger scale mining can be serious business with a lot of potential cost involved - even at the business/litigation end. Thanks again, Nathan
  5. Hi all, I am a newbie miner on my first season bulk testing my two adjoining claims that are under one SMES. I have a proposed plan operations (working on) that I am getting ready to submit to the DEQ and Forest Service here in western Montana. I made a miscalculation on the historical dredge results of the ground I am on. I thought that the gold values were $20 p/oz in 1947 but just found out they where $34.71 p/oz. This puts my estimated ground averages at $7.70 per yard (Historical dredge results at $17 cents per yard in 1947). I have a minimal outfit, 2 people, one 12 ton excavator and a 10 - 15 yph trommel that has a water recycling system and sand screw. I have done the math a few times and it seems that this ground might be too lean - bringing in around 1/2 oz per day for and 8 hour day. Without going into to many details about my plan (which I am willing to do), am I out of my mind? Best, Nathan
  6. Farm chores and Gold : Return to the Feather With all the crazy stuff happening right now I feed the farm animal's and head to the Feather River to find piece of mind and Gold. I'm Social Distancing to the River !!!! No lines no media no drama no BS Just me and a few fishermen enjoying nature on the River Filmed 3-16-2020 Farm chores and Gold : Return to the Feather SG 017
  7. Pocket Gold !!! See The Famous Two Toe's Lost Treasure Nugget !!!!! Two Minute video TM 008
  8. The Nugget Hunters Part Two Join in the search for Gold Nuggets in the California Motherlode with Nugget Hunters Gary ( Two Toe's ), Prospector Jerry ( California Motherlode Prospectors ), Jeff ( Smithsgold ), Bedrock Bennett, and JC ( Minin Hawaiian )as they search for elusive Gold Nuggets. The Nugget Hunters Part Two
  9. Smithsgold

    The Nugget Hunters

    The Nugget Hunters Part Two Join in the search for Gold Nuggets in the California Motherlode with Nugget Hunters Gary ( Two Toe's ), Prospector Jerry ( California Motherlode Prospectors ), Jeff ( Smithsgold ), Bedrock Bennett, and JC ( Minin Hawaiian )as they search for elusive Gold Nuggets. The Nugget Hunters Part Two
  10. Smithsgold

    The Nugget Hunters

    The Nugget Hunters Join the Nugget Hunters as we search for Gold Nuggets in the California Motherlode. We search for the Nuggets the 49ers didn't get. With Gary ( Two Toe's ), Prospector Jerry ( California Motherlode Prospectors ), Jeff ( Smithsgold ), Bedrock Bennett, and JC ( Minin Hawaiian )as they search for elusive Gold Nuggets. The Nugget Hunters Part One
  11. Smithsgold

    First Gold

    First Gold I take a short trip to the Feather River to find Gold ( First Gold ) of the 2020 season !!! I didn't want to let Gary ( Two Toe's ) get to far ahead on the Gold Count !!!!! Thanks for watching
  12. The Nugget Hunters : Preview Join in the search for Gold Nuggets in the California Motherlode with Nugget Hunters Gary ( Two Toe's ), Prospector Jerry ( California Motherlode Prospectors ), Jeff ( Smithsgold ), Bedrock Bennett, and JC ( Minin Hawaiian )as they search for elusive Gold Nuggets. The Nugget Hunters COMING SOON !!!!!!!
  13. Sights & Sounds of Malakoff Diggins Enjoy the Sights and Sounds of Malakoff Digging State Historic Park. Listen as the Geese fly over head as you enjoy the vastness of the Hydraulic pit. Enjoy the beautiful fall colors of the California Mother lode in this Two minute video ( TM 006 )
  14. A drive through tour of Malakoff Diggins and North Bloomfield Take a drive through tour of the Malakoff Hydraulic Diggings and the town site of North Bloomfield formerly Humbug California. ( TM 005 )
  15. Sniping and Crevicing for Gold Nuggets Join Prospector's Gary AKA (Two Toe's) and Jeff (Smithsgold) as they embark on another Adventure to find the Mother Lode. Gold Nuggets are there Target and they will work the Bedrock Crevices above and Below the water to find there Treasure. Sniping for Gold underwater is one of my favorite ways to find Gold and sometimes the most rewarding ( SM 013 )
  16. KenAslan

    To claim, or not to claim

    Turns out it was never registered. The payments were never made. computer glitch. The BLM did an extensive search for me and told me it is mine for the taking. As soon as the snow melts off I will pack up into the mountains and stake it.
  17. Mountain Lake Detecting Metal Detecting is a great Hobby, teaching the younger generation how to find hidden treasures underground is a great way to spend the day and pass along knowledge . Me and my friend Adrian hunt a Mountain Lake's Beach for hidden Gem's and Treasure's from Hot wheels to Pull tabs see what we uncover on the adventure (SG 014)
  18. Hello Chickenminer, Colorado Mike here.

    I am building a new Trommel hosting a 42" dia x .375 x 15 ft barrel and will be powering it with a 10hp electric motor and a 20:1 gear reduction box. I am currently at the stage where I need to have the #100 chain sprocket segments water jet/machined and  would like to see the pic's of your chain segments that you posted some time ago on this site. I just can't open the ones you posted for whatever reason and was wondering if you could post them again or send them to me via my email address that I would share with you. I have been mining in the Yukon near Dawson City since 2014 with a smaller (20+ YPH) plant but overall doing fairly well. My Son and Grand Son will be partnering up with me for the upcoming 2020 season also near Dawson, in the Yukon.  Thank you, Colorado Mike

  19. Smithsgold

    Bedrock Gold

    Bedrock Gold Jeff and Gary ( Two Toes ) take you on an Adventure to find Bedrock Crevices filled with Placer Gold in the California Motherlode. Watch as Gary pulls out Gold Nuggets from the Bedrock and Jeff trys a little Sniping for Gold . SG012
  20. Smithsgold

    Hydraulic Pit Gold

    Hydraulic Pit Gold Prospecting for Gold Nuggets in an Old Hydraulic Pit in the Heart of the California Motherlode. The Old Timers didn't get it all watch as Jeff and Gary (Two Toes) find Hidden Gold Nuggets in the Bedrock Crevices with Metal Detectors. SG 011 Watch our other Prospecting video's and check out Gary's Channel ( Two Toes ) Thanks, Jeff
  21. I have found some very interesting places to explore in Alberta Canada,acutely I was sent some coordinates of some mounds that could hold some diamonds. So have decided to make the jump from being a hobbyist gold diamond prospector to a full-time businessman so I am looking for Investors YOU can contact me at timothyhallezmt@gmail.com or phone me (587)930-6800
  22. IdahoJim

    River Detecting for Gold Nuggets

    Thanks, Jeff, and Congratulations on a nice nugget, and beating Gary....LOL Jim
  23. River Detecting for Gold See who gets the Biggest Nugget Gold Prospector's Jeff ( Smithsgold ) and Gary ( Two Toes ) Head to the Hills in search of rare Gold Nuggets. Watch and see who gets the most Gold and the Biggest Nugget. SG 010
  24. Are you processing / panning the samples from the drill directly in the field or do you log and collect them in bags for offsite processing? Its good to hear that the drill / sampling results are repeatable from auger holes in close proximity. Often, then only statement on gold grades comes from counting the colors in a pan. With the time and effort spent in the field to execute the drlling, a more detailed analysis of the placer gold sample may be justified though, i.e. using an optical image analysis process, which basically replaces the observers eye vision with a systematical process, that counts gold particles, calculates their weight (and thus the gold grade) and produces data on the particle size distribution and shape. The drill sample would still have to be panned to a common pan concentrate volume (thumbsize or so) and should not contain any shiny sulfides (like pyrite), but that's normally not the case in placer deposits. The optical image analysis might be a good fit for anyone involved in professional placer exploration, i.e. drilling programs: www.higrade.tech Regards, Jonas
  25. Dwight Williams - LNW

    Torch Assay Folks

    Timothy, It is very interesting, at least from my viewpoint. I wish I could spend all my hours of the day looking for gold, but my other jobs seem to get in the way. There is defintly a reason why gold's value is so high.😂 It is a lot of fun when you track down a gold-bearing ore body and actually make money from it, a very satisfying process.
  26. Smithsgold

    Two Minutes to BLM

    Two Minutes to BLM join Jeff on the adventure of taking the Annual Assessment paperwork in to the Sacramento BLM office.
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