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Gold Dredgers HandbookGold Dredger's Handbook Being able to identify natural streambeds is the primary key to locating high-grade gold deposits. This book provides the most thorough explanation of natural and original streambeds available in any publication on the market today. In easy to understand language, supported by clear photographs and graphic demonstrations, this book covers all of the important information-including the legalities; where gold comes from and where to go to find it; how gold forms into high-grade deposits; all of the different types of suction dredges that you will see in the field today and how they work; how to get the most from your own dredge's recovery system; how to operate a suction dredge; how to sample for and develop high-grade gold deposits; the fundamentals of diving and dredging safety; rigging dredges on the waterway; how to complete your final clean-up and market your gold; and much, much more.

 

 

 

Where to Find Gold in Northern California The important role that Northern California played in the Gold Rush history is often overlooked. But significant quantities of gold were found and mined there and it's still there to be found - if you know its secrets...Gold is everywhere - it accumulates in particular kinds of areas under predictable conditions. Time and the forces of nature gather gold flakes and nuggets in hiding places that can be located by prospectors who know where to look and what to look for. Jim Klein, veteran prospector, miner and treasure hunter, knows those secrets and shares them with you in this book. Take a trip with Jim through some of the most beautiful gold bearing country you will ever see. Visit old mines and ghost towns and hear the tales of lost treasure. Learn about the techniques and equipment used by the old timers and today's modern gold seekers. Try your luck with a gold pan, dredge or metal detector. With Jim's help, you too may know the thrill of "showing color." This book features the known gold-bearing areas of Northern California - organized by county with maps, directions, tips on where to look, and the history and tales of each area. A technical glossary, equipment instructions and photos provide ease in your prospecting adventure. Learn how to stake a claim and what to do if you do strike gold. Where to Find Gold in Northern California is the essential prospecting book for all treasure hunters! The author, James Klein, is a popular gold prospecting author and has written other titles, such as Where to Find Gold in the Desert, Where to Find Gold in Southern California and How to Find Gold.

 

Colorado Gold: From the Pike's Peak Rush to the Present The early miners who panned for gold in 1858 on the banks of Cherry Creek, where Denver now stands, could not have known how profoundly that precious metal would soon affect the emerging state of Colorado. Their boom soon turned to bust. But subsequent discoveries at Cripple Creek and other places yielded more than enough "color" to coat the dome on Colorado's capitol. Colorado Gold is the story of gold--concealed within the Rockies for ages, affecting the destinies of people and landscapes today. It is a historical account that assesses our enduring, romantic drive to extract this unusually malleable and heavy metal from the earth. Topics include both historic and modern booms and busts, gold's intrinsic value, mining technologies past and present, legends and lore, and a look at tomorrow's gold.

 

 

 

The Trail of Gold and Silver: Mining in Colorado, 1859-2009 (Timberline Books) In The Trail of Gold and Silver, historian Duane A. Smith details Colorado's mining saga--a story that stretches from the beginning of the gold and silver mining rush in the mid-nineteenth century into the twenty-first century. Gold and silver mining laid the foundation for Colorado's economy, and 1859 marked the beginning of a fever for these precious metals. Mining changed the state and its people forever, affecting settlement, territorial status, statehood, publicity, development, investment, economy, jobs both in and outside the industry, transportation, tourism, advances in mining and smelting technology, and urbanization. Moreover, the first generation of Colorado mining brought a fascinating collection of people and a new era to the region.  Written in a lively manner by one of Colorado's preeminent historians, this book honors the 2009 sesquicentennial of Colorado's gold rush. Smith's narrative will appeal to anybody with an interest in the state's fascinating mining history over the past 150 years.

 

 

The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream “I have found it.” These words, uttered by the man who first discovered gold on the American River in 1848, triggered the most astonishing mass movement of peoples since the Crusades. California’s gold drew fortune-seekers from the ends of the earth. It accelerated America’s imperial expansion and exacerbated the tensions that exploded in the Civil War. And, as H. W. Brands makes clear in this spellbinding book, the Gold Rush inspired a new American dream—the “dream of instant wealth, won by audacity and good luck.”
Brands tells his epic story from multiple perspectives: of adventurers John and Jessie Fremont, entrepreneur Leland Stanford, and the wry observer Samuel Clemens—side by side with prospectors, soldiers, and scoundrels. He imparts a visceral sense of the distances they traveled, the suffering they endured, and the fortunes they made and lost. Impressive in its scholarship and overflowing with life, The Age of Gold is history in the grand traditions of Stephen Ambrose and David McCullough.

 

Days of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the American Nation On the morning of January 24, 1848, James W. Marshall discovered gold in California. The news spread across the continent, launching hundreds of ships and hitching a thousand prairie schooners filled with adventurers in search of heretofore unimagined wealth. Those who joined the procession--soon called 49ers--included the wealthy and the poor from every state and territory, including slaves brought by their owners. In numbers, they represented the greatest mass migration in the history of the Republic. In this first comprehensive history of the Gold Rush, Malcolm J. Rohrbough demonstrates that in its far-reaching repercussions, it was the most significant event in the first half of the nineteenth century. No other series of events between the Louisiana Purchase and the Civil War produced such a vast movement of people; called into question basic values of marriage, family, work, wealth, and leisure; led to so many varied consequences; and left such vivid memories among its participants.
Through extensive research in diaries, letters, and other archival sources, Rohrbough uncovers the personal dilemmas and confusion that the Gold Rush brought. His engaging narrative depicts the complexity of human motivation behind the event and reveals the effects of the Gold Rush as it spread outward in ever-widening circles to touch the lives of families and communities everywhere in the United States. For those who joined the 49ers, the decision to go raised questions about marital obligations and family responsibilities. For those men--and women, whose experiences of being left behind have been largely ignored until now--who remained on the farm or in the shop, the absences of tens of thousands of men over a period of years had a profound impact, reshaping a thousand communities across the breadth of the American nation.

 

Gold Fever!: Tales from the California Gold Rush Catch the fever! Gold fever swept the nation—and the world—in 1848 when carpenter James Marshall discovered a gold nugget in the American River near John Sutter's mill. As word spread of gold in California, the news set off a westward stampede. Fortune seekers and adventurers poured into California by land and sea, wild with excitement and expectation. Rosalyn Schanzer's engaging and humorous book tells the story of these prospectors in their own words. Schanzer has gathered her favorite quotes from journals and letters written by the forty-niners to recount the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill. Her irresistible narrative also uses newspaper accounts to trace the various routes the forty-niners took from the East Coast to the West, the adventures they experienced along the way, and the challenges they faced on arrival. The characters recount their stories in their own words, in well-researched and authenticated quote bubbles. Step into an intensely exciting chapter of American history. Learn about the dreamers who dropped everything to head out west. See who found gold and how. Meet the lucky ones—and the many whose dreams turned to dust. Listen to the intriguing tales of the prospectors, and find out what the gold-diggers did with their newfound wealth. To write and research Gold Fever!, Rosalyn Schanzer visited many California Gold Rush historical sites, and took more than 600 photographs of everything from gold nuggets to saloons in order to make her art as accurate and flavorful as possible. With skill and humor she brings historical characters vividly to life and puts the spirit of the age into her vibrant art. History shines brightly on every page of this evocative book.

 

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Fists Full Of Gold Yes, it is true that you can prospect for and find your own gold because it is still out there! The title of this book is Fists Full of Gold because that is what the author believes it can bring you. This new book is the most comprehensive prospecting book ever written. Its very different from what is on the market already. It's focus is to teach you how to find gold deposits, both placer and hard rock. There is a huge amount of information here that is just simply not available in any other prospecting book. It has plenty of basic coverage for new prospectors but lots of material for those guys who have some experience and want to learn more, plus even more advanced information for prospectors with decades of experience. It is up to date with all the latest technology and science. This book takes a unique and different approach in teaching the trade skills of prospecting it covers not just equipment, but the knowledge you really need to find those locations with recoverable gold. This information is important because in the final analysis, no matter well you operate your dredge, metal detector or other prospecting equipment, unless you can find the deposits where the gold is concentrated, your equipment cannot help you recover it. It's designed to be the one prospecting book you will never outgrow. It s a quite a reference: more than 360 pages long with over 225,000 words. That makes it longer by far than any other prospecting book written for individuals longer than any 2 or 3 of them combined! In spite of this, it s all written for the average individual who does not have any formal training in geology or mining. Fists Full Of Gold is a handbook of all types of gold prospecting with a very complete and up to date section on nugget detecting, as well as dry washing and even other topics like panning, slucing, dredging, etc. The book covers minerals, geology and how to do your own research in an understandable way that is not just for rank beginners. Many guys with 10 or even 20 years of experience looking for gold will learn a lot from this book. My book is different because it is brand new and up to date, explaining all the latest metal detector technology, current geologic knowledge, how to use GPS in prospecting, how to use the internet for research and other items of interest. Some of the highlights of the information contained in the book includes: The basics of prospecting and finding gold, including: The fact that there is lots of gold is still out there to be found How to use a gold pan, including crevicing, mossing and sniping for gold How to get the best recovery out of your sluice box or highbanker How to use a suction dredge to find and recover paystreaks How to operate a dry washer for gold An extensive section on metal detecting, perhaps the best on the market Building your own equipment: including building your own: Portable sluice box Lightweight suction dredge Desert dry washer How to operate a small scale commercial mining operation How to deal with and get the most out of your black sands How to get the best prices for your gold, specimens and nuggets A full coverage of the geology of gold and silver mineral deposits: All about minerals and how to identify them Minerals associated with gold deposits Rocks: what they are and how to identify them Basic geology for the prospector in an understandable form A detailed explanation of placer geology and how paystreaks form A detailed explanation of hard rock geology and how gold deposits form How to recognize many types of hard rock gold and silver deposits How to do research to find your own rich concentrations of gold. Using and understanding topographic maps, aerial photos and GPS, Where to find little known sources of information on gold deposits, How to use geology maps to find gold.

 

Rockpecker: A mineral prospector's primer : secrets, clues, tips, hints, data & tricks of the trade Rockpecker: A mineral prospector's primer : secrets, clues, tips, hints, data & tricks of the trade ROCKPECKER is an in-depth study directed to mineral prospectors, goldpanners, rockhounds, gemstone screeners, investors, and Earth Science students. It is a guide primer of practical seek and search tips designed for the novice as well as the seasoned mineral, gold, gem, seeker. ROCKPECKER is more than a "HOW TO" book and search guide. It is a reference manual that will serve you well for a lifetime. Diligent study should help the reader become a confident, knowledgeable, exploration person. A . . . . ROCKPECKER!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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