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    us
    May 2014
    New Mexico
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    Hiding a mineshaft

    Hello all, been researching a lost mine that has been found and worked in the 1800s. Story goes that the prospector would take what he could carry n come back once a year. When he got sick and died told his nephew about it and he could never locate. Obviously i think that he put some time into hiding the shaft. Does anyone know common practice of hiding a mineshaft. Any suggestions on identifying where a shaft could be?
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    us
    May 2011
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    i have seen plywood put down,then dirt over it.also spend allot of time looking on google earth before you go
    good luck ,be safe brad
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    If you have a general idea of the area, I would try to reason out likely sites first. One thing is to look for the geologically correct area for the deposits that were being mined. Then look for less conspicuous or easily hidden access points that would also allow the miner to work, live, and transport goods in and out. The miner would have needed a source of water, firewood, etc nearby as well. Lastly, once areas are narrowed down, then look for signs such as mining debris, trash, signs of fires in the long past, or other signs of the area being worked and lived in.

    Good luck, and be careful!
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    Grant Brandenburg

    Jan 2013
    Colorado
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    Look for the tailings pile that would have years overgrowth on it. I've seen a few old working in the Rockies that were pretty concealed by the elements of time and you'd be real hard pressed to notice them on a satellite view. Seeing old rusty hardware items such as an abundance old rusted square nails, 4 sided nuts & bolts and old cans is a good sign something went on there in the past. Watch where your stepping when your out there looking.
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    us
    May 2014
    New Mexico
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    Prospecting
    Thank you for your suggestions, its always good to hear others point of view. Looking at satellite imaging would use suspect the circle 2 have possible mineralized zone? Looking for quartz/ hematite.Click image for larger version. 

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