Gold in Picture Rocks NW of Tucson?
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  1. #1

    Nov 2013
    308 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Gold in Picture Rocks NW of Tucson?

    I found an old map

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    and this section looked interesting

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    As near as I can place the "Gold Placers" they're in the Picture Rocks area NW of Tucson. More than likely, those are the Canada del Oro placers and Hartley just put them in the wrong place.

    But you never know... Now I have to go dig some holes in the Brawley wash between W Magee and W Orange Grove. Damn you Hartley.
    Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security deserves neither and shall lose both -Benjamin Franklin

  2. #2
    Gold Whispers

    Feb 2010
    82 times
    Metal Detecting
    Old post but interesting. My guess is the same as yours. Looks like the north end of the Tucson Mountains. No gold placers there. Shame the CDO placers arenít even nugget country either. Just dust.

  3. #3
    Mar 2014
    Traveling US to work
    Current Equinox 600 Past Whites DFX Garret GTI 2500 and others Prospecting Minelab GPZ 7000 Past SD 2100 GP 3000 (retired)
    1981 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Might be the Silver Bells instead
    Everyone Believes they have gold buried in the back yard... small wonder so few ever look for it.

  4. #4

    Dec 2014
    southern AZ
    173 times
    Relic Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by DDancer View Post
    Might be the Silver Bells instead
    This is correct. Those historical maps are not at all correct in scale, so what is "appearing" to be close to the NW end of the Tucson Mtn's is actually much further NW, in the Silverbell's. Placer gold was known to be in the area of Rag Top back then, and has been successfully drywashed in the area since then.

    To illustrate the scale issue... look at how the "Catalina's" extend further north than Picacho.... and Picacho is shown as west of the Tortolita's.
    A final glaring scale issue is Blue Water Sta. to Picacho Sta. (actually only about 16 miles apart) is shown as being further than Picacho to Tucson.
    Last edited by azdave; Sep 07, 2018 at 09:32 PM.

  5. #5
    Gold Whispers

    Feb 2010
    82 times
    Metal Detecting
    Thereís gold around Ragged Top but microscopic Iím sure, and deep.



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