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  1. #76
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    Aug 2014
    SoCal
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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.

  2. #77
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    Dec 2013
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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.

  4. #79
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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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    If you are still considering prospecting full-time contact me and we can talk more about your plan. Im a treasure hunter looking for partners in hunting and mining. email me at caseystriver@gmail.com

  7. #82
    cr
    May 2005
    Drake, Costa Rica
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    treadmills are for hamsters

    another old man with a mixed bag of experiences; well, for someone of sound body . . . .

    if you want gold, you must go to where 1) gold exists, 2) legal to prospect, AND legal to mine, 3) you have good prospects to keep what you mine
    not talking so much about permissions as a legal framework within which the government will not obstruct you

    as a newbie you have a great deal to learn, suggest a job in AK to learn for a season; you must understand what works, and what does not
    once you have a measure of proficiency and understanding you can make a choice, mining or prospecting -> they are different
    if you want to mine get your own property, raise capital - and start taking mining lessons
    I am quite unsure that prospecting is related to prosperity.
    (Does J. Porter make more from gold or his Minelab videos ? no idea, just a ?)

    it really does not matter how much gold is in CA if you cannot mine it; I am in Costa Rica with gold out the wazoo, but no mining allowed
    lots of countries with lots of gold, but they want it as much as you
    are you prepared to learn another language, different customs, brand new friends (who may not be as they seem), etc. etc.
    much easier to stay within the US, or perhaps down-under

    husband your savings, you will need them for capital expenditures
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