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    James ( Jim ) Beckwourth Museum and Cabin

    Been a lot of years, but I took my daughter there once. Chris
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    Torch Assay Folks

    Torch assays can be a rough,ballpark type of tool in estimating precious metals concentrations. They will not be accepted by companies looking to purchase any claims you have staked.
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    Activated Carbon

    Yes, the ash can be treated with Litharge and the contained gold captured like in a fire assay. A process of cupellation will then free the gold from the lead. As you say that requires incineration and you definitely dont want something like a torch which will then blow away all the gold bearing ash, leaving you with nothing.
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    Dawson City detecting

    Up higher in the creeks there far above town were some decent sized nuggets found in the early days but I am not sure about locations close to Dawson, and we dont know how far from Dawson you really are looking at.
  5. Honestly, I am confused by your question. There are some rare circumstances where private property does not include mineral rights and those mineral rights can be claimed as an unpatented mining claim. Normally this is on ranch land. However, the owner can prevent you from working the property as he has surface rights. My suggestion would be to first find out the actual status of the property first, then consider what the possibilities are. Many of these ranchers would not receive miners on their land easily.
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    question on geothermal gold

    Most gold is carried in solution as a acidic sulfide solution. Sometimes calcite can neutralize the solutions enough to drop gold out of the solution, but also iron can displace the gold, and drop the gold out of the solution. Aqua regia is not a naturally occurring substance, so it cannot be the cause that dissolves gold in nature.
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    Manganese Markets

    Manganese is a low price commodity, with raw ore values at only a couple of dollars a pound. Buyers are interested in large bulk sources of hundreds of tons, not really something a small prospector could supply easily. Most consumers of manganese in the US are associated with steel manufacturing in the eastern US, so long haul transport of the ore by rail would also be needed. This is why small operators just dont have the ore and capital to get involved with the manganese market.
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    Mechanized or not?

    As far as the use of an electric demolition hammer, that is one that is so borderline that it would be something up to the local BLM authority to interpret. One of the difficult things about the rules and regulations is that they are vague and open to considerable interpretation. Some officials will interpret the rules generously and others will interpret them restrictively. If its something you want to fight over, talk to an attorney. If its something where you just want to avoid confrontation, do it quietly. If its something you want to know, as k the local BLM authority, but try to get it in writing, as you may find one official tell you one thing and a second official tell you something completely different. I'm not certain of the reference in an article you are referring to, but we have a number of issues on line and they can be researched to view more than a decade of back issues if you sign up for on line access.
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    Recirculating Sluice

    How are things going with that recirculating sluice? I am about to try out one that I made myself.
  10. I am looking for a 1 yard per hour trommel - something you could hand shovel into. I am not looking for a high banker, I need a rotating trommel and one built to last and get used for a long time. Anyone out there make or have experience with such a thing? Chris
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    Is there really a vein here?

    I found one a while back that was maybe 300 feet long down the side of a hill and it was surprisingly straight down the hill. Your line of gold may be a pocket in the quartz vein that has eroded out and freed to roll down the hill. Knowing that there is a vein, I'd detect and dig in the vein where your line crosses the vein.
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    Life At The Bottom Of A 64' Shaft

    OK, how about mudslide or just ground creep over a long period. The net result can be similar to glaciers in that it can stir things up.
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    Is there really a vein here?

    Focus your pick work in line with the quartz from where you found the last piece to maybe 10 feet above that.
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    Life At The Bottom Of A 64' Shaft

    Got any ideas? Heavy flood event?? Sounds more like glacial movement. Glaciers stir up everything and result in very spotty gold.
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    Is there really a vein here?

    Likely there is something there, but you have given me so little to go on its real hard to say. If it were me I would dig around above the spot where the upper most piece was found. I dont know exactly what you mean by hard pan - caliche? Hard clay? hard bedrock? If its possible to dig through the "hard pan" I would do so. The upper most piece could be 2 feet below the location of the pocket or 20 feet below it or something in between. Its also possible that all the pocket has spilled out and no more of the quartz in place remains. The density of gold bearing quartz is much less overall than the density of solid gold. So the quartz specimens tend not to sink so far into the soil. They also give a weaker response than solid gold, so you may not be detecting them as deeply.
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    complex ore

    Gary - I think there is some miscommunication here. I have no idea what you are asking, and I am kind of thinking you are not very clear on it either. Chlorite is a mineral which does not contain precious metals. Chlorides are a group of minerals, but the only ones you might see in an ore are silver chlorides, the mineral name of which is Chlorargyrite. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorargyrite Other precious metals do not form mineral chlorides because they are water soluble. I know of no process which extracts precious metals using silver nitrate. Pulverizing to more than 350 mesh is a mistake, and will cause lower recover of metals rather than more. You should not crush that fine. So the whole thing is pretty muddled and maybe you could start fresh and tell us in detail what you have and what are wanting to do,
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    new claim holder

    Generally, building a road takes some serious permitting and the posting of bonds for reclamation of the road once you are done.
  18. I've not heard of an inexpensive device for this. There is some interpretation to the use of these things, its not like even with the ones used by commercial geophysical companies have a simple readout like depth to bedrock: 23 feet. Which is in part why you need someone to interpret the data in addition to the equipment.
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    Yearly Claim Renewal

    That sounds great. Sorry for getting off on the tangent of claim sellers. Just a personal thing with me. Ask the BLM folks at the claim office in Phoenix about fees. If the claim is not already in your Aunt's name, you may need some sort of documentation to show your uncle passed and the claim now belongs to your Aunt. Otherwise they may not accept a quitclaim from her. There is a fee for quitclaims. Best of luck to you and if you have any questions at all about things related to the claim, feel free to ask. I'll ask one - is it a hard rock claim or a placer claim?
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    Yearly Claim Renewal

    Are you staking a claim or buying a claim from someone? You originally said "staking a claim of our own", but now say you are "receiving" a claim. If you are buying not staking, I have a warning for you. There are vendors who go out and stake abandoned claims that no one has bothered with and then promote them as if they are something great and sell them on ebay or through other channels. Normally the claims have few if any values left, but the sellers make a lot of money doing this because its a dream that a lot of folks identify with. Often what they are selling is a just a pipe dream - not something that is commercially valuable. I have to say I am highly dubious of these claim sellers and the methods they use. Often the claim buyers end up contacting me because once they have your money, you are on your own. If you are thinking of buying a claim, take as step back and re-think what you are doing and why you are doing this. Consider learning more and eventually staking a claim of your own when you find something worthwhile. Federal mining law is 90% of claim law and it is the same all across the USA. Many of the Nevada claim laws are the same as elsewhere, so the difference between Nevada and AZ is small. The county recorder is involved every year just as the BLM office is, and you must file paper and pay fees.
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    Yearly Claim Renewal

    Yes, the claim needs to be filed with the local county recorder. The county recorders have their own set of fees - some big and some small, and some counties even charge property taxes, and you need to pay them in addition to the BLM fees. I'm not really sure what you mean by "when the claim is first registered or re-opened". There are a number of laws and specific requirements for staking a claim. If you dont follow them, no one will tell you, but your claim will be invalid and worthless. It not impossibly hard, but you need to know what you are doing. You need to know what you are doing before you go out to stake or you are just wasting your money. Before you stake the claim or file any paperwork read these two documents carefully. (note: most of the Nevada state rules apply everywhere, so its not just a Nevada thing) https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/MiningClaims.pdf and http://data.nbmg.unr.edu/public/freedownloads/sp/sp006.zip
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    Old stamp mills

    What is the goal in rebuilding - to use them for milling or to display as a museum? Do you mean "functions" in as it spins around a few times to show tourists or actually works day to day for hours so you can process ore in one? The term "for display" implies to me that you are just wanting to display for tourists. If you want a small mill to process a few hundred pounds here and there buy a small jaw, a chain or roller mill and a shaker table - it will be worlds cheaper than hiring a custom fabricator to create the parts you need. Nearly all stamp mills used copper tables covered in mercury to capture the gold, and you probably dont want the headaches of permitting a mercury based operation. I dont recommend it. You can download an old text book on how to build and operate stamp mills here: https://archive.org/details/stampmillingatr01margoog
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    Old stamp mills

    What is the goal in rebuilding - to use them for milling or to display as a museum? The modern technology of ball mills is markedly superior to stamps, and the cost to rebuild something like a stamp mill where all repair parts will need to be all custom fabricated will likely exceed the cost of new equipment. To be honest, I have never heard of anyone who rebuilt stamps for serious use in rock milling. All examples I have heard of were for museum display and to show tourists, so the re-build is not to full operational specs.
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    Help Analyzing Placer Ditches

    Check any exposed bedrock between the piles closely.
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    Virgin Ground to Mine

    Part of the problem here is the need for capital - and thats a problem for miners everywhere. You can't get into serious scale mining for cheap. Many small miners are undercapitalized.