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  1. #1
    Aug 2010
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    A waste of time?

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  2. #2

    Nov 2004
    250 2500
    1335 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: A waste of time?

    Maybe a waste of time to think you'll make a living for a year detecting. The experience meeting people is priceless there are a lot of people who will help you with the history (don't believe all the towns are detected out remember that disk on the end of your stick is max 12 in around it only covers a small area I've hunted places were 100's of other people have and still come up with things. Unless your equipped with the latest minelab or other big buck detectors and have many years of research it's only a hobby not a job, anyway give it a wrill keep some gas money in a buried stash so you can get back home (just kidding)

  3. #3
    Jan 2010
    Colorado Springs, Colorado USA
    Whites GMT, Goldmaster Vsat, 5900, Bounty Hunter Discovery 3300 and Falcon MD-20.
    109 times
    Prospecting - Gold and Silver

    Re: A waste of time?

    In looking for old Ghost towns, keep in mind that when the steam railroads went in, they put up a water tank every 10 to 15 miles, and some sort of town usually was established around it. Get some old train maps and start looking for towns in that are no longer on the current maps and see if you can find out more about the ones that are missing (you might not find much information, but any sort of population or use of the site will give you an idea which might be more interesting).

    This type of ghost town is often neglected by Detectorists, because people don't think about them. The nice thing is they are all over the west, along the old railroad lines, and usually not that hard to find.
    Whites GMT, Whites GM Vsat, Whites 5900, Gold Mountain King Cobra, Bounty Hunter 3300

  4. #4
    Wheres The Gold

    Feb 2010
    Vancouver WA
    Chug)Whites Classic 5 ID, (Red Whites Coin master Pro) Chug and Reds New Additions Give It Up>> Garrett's AT Pro Buttercup>> Garrett's Ace 250 Show Me the Money>> Garrets Ace 400
    2640 times
    Metal Detecting
    Honorable Mentions (1)

    Re: A waste of time?

    When you get out this way PM me and I will take you to the gold or silver park to see what you can scrape up after I'm done with them!!!! Just remember no park is hunted out But I'm giving it my best!!!! HH Chug
    "It cant Always Be Silver Or Gold But It Is A Hell Of an Experience Pulling It Out Of the Dirt"

    Metal detecting is Like A Marathon, Your Running fast then start Slowing A Bit The You Find Something Interesting And You Pick Up the Pace!!! The Only Difference is If You Are Addicted to this Hobby there Is NO FINISH LINE HH Chug And Red

  5. #5
    Jan 2005
    Rocky Mountains
    Minelab X-Terra 705 Gold Coil deteknixXpointer Probe Minelab Ex-Terra 70 White's Classic II 2014-2015 Colorado Gold Camp Prospector
    259 times
    Metal Detecting

    Re: A waste of time?

    Luck happens. But don't plan on it. First I would detect bus stops, playgrounds etc for dropped change. At least get you some gas or lunch money. Then check out the older sites. Good luck to you! Hope it works out.

  6. #6

    May 2010
    Portland, Oregon
    White's Coinmaster Pro
    3321 times

    Re: A waste of time?

    Like anything else, how you do will depend on what you already know. There's more gold in the West now than has already been taken out, and if you've got the prospecting skills you'll probably do fine.

    Now for the bad news: if you haven't done some of what you plan on doing already, you're in for some rough times I think.

    That said, I wish you well. Chug and Red will show you a good time in Vancouver.

    But if you really want some good gold, be sure to hit the extreme southwestern corner of Oregon along the coast: good gold and platinum in black sand deposits there. If you already own a dredge that you can run in salt water through, that site alone may pay for your trip. In the 1930's during the Depression this area was worked extensively for gold in an area that the miner's cursed soundly because the platinum (then worth $20/ounce) would clog their riffles, allowing the fine gold to flow out the back. Southern Oregon also had the only hard-rock platinum mine in the United States. Be sure to take a strong magnet with you to this area, to separate out the ilmenite, magnetite and monzanite from the black sand concentrates. It's hard work. But the way metal prices are going, even those minerals may start to have some economic consequences for someone salting a gold-panning display at county fairs or local markets.

    There is a way to make a living at this: explore the possibilities!



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