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    Lost Pegleg Sequel

    In view of the very interesting posts on the previous Topic about Desert Magazine's "Mr. Pegleg," I thought some Pegleg Hunters would be interested in this entry from Karl von Mueller's Encyclopedia of Buried Treasure Hunting (The Blue Book of Treasure Hunting) [Weeping Water, Nebraska: 1965; Reprinted San Francisco: 1990].

    It is a good measure of the tremendous amount of useful information contained in this slim volume that, although I believe I know it as well as anyone (and I certainly should!), every time I pick it up and read it I learn something new. It is a remarkable reference work!

    Lost Pegleg Sequel: On 28 Apr. 1956, Herman Hill (Norwalk, Calif) brought a gallon gasoline can full of brown-blue encrusted nuggets the size of beans to Dean Miller, editor of the National Prospector's Gazette & swore him to secrecy before telling the following story: He & his father, years before, had followed a map to a point in the Chuckwalla mtns where they found 3 hills joined together. They prospected them all but found the 'beans' in the can on only one of the hills. For 25 years, before & after his father died, they or he had made annual trips to these hills & packed out all of the 'beans" they could carry. A process using acid & lye was used to clean the nuggets which were sold to doctors, dentists, & assayers.

    This was, of course, when the Gold Act was in force and private ownership of refined gold in any form other than jewelry was illegal. Gold nuggets sold at a premium substantially above $35 per oz. because that was the only legal avenue for owning gold. Careful readers of KvonM's works will understand why doctors and dentists purchased these nuggets. And why the EBTH has an entry for "Hammondize."

    Good luck to all,

    ~The Old Bookaroo
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    I only have the one KvonM but I am already an addict! Thanks!!

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    Tag post, please ignore
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  4. #4
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    Old Bookaroo wrote, " brought a gallon gasoline can full of brown-blue encrusted nuggets the size of beans to Dean Miller " not black nuggets. There have been many places that gold has been found. I can see where no one could dispute this, but why would they these ( unfortunately ) are not the black nuggets... But a GREAT read, for peglophiles like myself and others.. Got any more

    Thankx
    PLL

    PS; I just got back off the desert about 2 hrs ago and will be posting some new pixs and a update on what Bruce Huffington and myself found... Here's a little to whet your appetite

    Could this be
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  5. #5
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    Thats a pretty cool picture. Three butes and some macho guy by a bad arse truck.

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    lol macho guy by a bad arse truck eh? You are too funny! Looks like you guys sure found a great area for scenery as well.

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    Karl was a great treasure hunter and a great person, and a great writer. May he rest in peace.

 

 

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