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    Quote Originally Posted by sherm View Post
    Say Butch here from Pa. You guys out in California drive over gold as you go to your places to prospect. Under your highways are corrugated drain pipe 4' to whatever, these are y.our sluice boxes. If you can fit, get a scoop and bucket or whatever it takes to suck up your material. Try downtown LA. Happy prospecting.
    I dug a bunch of dirt out of one in East Fork San Gabriel a few years back. Not one speck. Same story with some land I own just outside of Randsburg. Not worth the effort.

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    I have found color and lead in small catch basins at the head of a culvert pipe but never in one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenmojo View Post
    I have found color and lead in small catch basins at the head of a culvert pipe but never in one.
    Are you guys talking culvert bottoms, or open-bottom culverts (natural bottoms)?

    Here, if the culvert has any size to it, they have to have a gravel bottom for Atlantic Salmon Passage.

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    I am talking about metal pipe culverts which vary in size 16”-6’ diameter. I have found nothing in them only upstream of them and then only if there was some form of catch there. I agree with hamfist, not worth the effort.

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    Author of a book about finding gold in Colorado

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenmojo View Post
    I am talking about metal pipe culverts which vary in size 16”-6’ diameter. I have found nothing in them only upstream of them and then only if there was some form of catch there. I agree with hamfist, not worth the effort.
    In the civil engineering world they are called “self cleaning culvert”...gee I wonder why they named ‘em that way?

 

 
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