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    i keep finding old mines in the desert that go straight down,it must have been really hard to work,everything had to come out in a bucket.i cant even see the bottom.i think a trench would be easier to work .iam not sure if there are veins or just better dirt that deep. those were some tough guys. brad
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    I watched a "Dangerous Roads" video about Peru and they were mining places for gold that were like that. Hauling everything up in buckets, using dynamite with 2 minute fuses.. Definitely hard working, risk taking people there.
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    A mine shaft.

    Vs. a tunnel or audit.
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    Brad I have seen the holes you speak off.
    I was talking to another miner and he said the old timers would dig down to bedrock then tunnel along it.
    Sounds like very hard and dangerous work.

    I'll dig to bedrock but my limit is 3 feet.
    I have done well from the tailings of these holes with my drywasher
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1637 View Post
    i keep finding old mines in the desert that go straight down,it must have been really hard to work,everything had to come out in a bucket.i cant even see the bottom.i think a trench would be easier to work .iam not sure if there are veins or just better dirt that deep. those were some tough guys. brad
    The reason you are seeing these shaft is because in a few places the veins ran vertical and not horizontal.The old timers would come along and find and exposed mineral vein coming out of the ground they would follow it straight down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyzak View Post
    The reason you are seeing these shaft is because in a few places the veins ran vertical and not horizontal.The old timers would come along and find and exposed mineral vein coming out of the ground they would follow it straight down.
    Some of the tailing have round river rock so I don't know if it was a vein they were chasing or an old river channel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bodfish Mike View Post
    Some of the tailing have round river rock so I don't know if it was a vein they were chasing or an old river channel.
    Cheers
    I call those type of excavations coyote holes they are the most dangerous it's old ancient rivers beds that got covered up long ago.
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    Water wells or air shafts to a mine ,. Is this a,possibilty?
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    Depends on your deposit, placer or hard rock.
    It's really just the way one follows the lead and go's about doing the least amount of digging.
    The values dictate the type diggin you will do, shaft, trench, drifting, open pit or well....
    Gt ...
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    I've found countless ones like that; it may seem easier to dig a trench, but the old timers weren't into digging anything that wasn't profitable, so if the vein went straight down that's how they chased it. And those guys had to be tough as nails to dig like that, all day, and living right there, off of whatever supplies they had. And then take into account the risk factor...

    Needless to say, we have it way easier! The gold may have been more abundant back then, but wow did they ever have to work for it...
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    It's called following the lead..which means you go in the direction that gold is going...with continual sampling.Coyote holes were/are in the sides of hills...which I did for 30 years,chasing gold in stringers.If you've round river rock it's placer...old or newer.Those old timers had to deal with climate,loneliness,native Americans and lack of water.The water may have been miles or hours away.Alot of Arizona hard rock diggings were shallow deposits with short lived gold camps.At these places nice quartz gold species might still be found.

 

 

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