Crystals of the Dead Bear Republic

Goldwasher

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Pieces of Mr. Pocket

Theres a lot on the surface still but the patches are getting pretty quite.

Raking cutting brush still. But its gonna be time to go deeper soon. BULLDOZER!!

The old timers left me a lot of clues.I can only imagine what they got since this is what they missed.

These are the nicest pieces from November. I have a lot of smaller stuff broken out from quartz that sounded off with the SDC.

A few of these were totally encased in quartz.

I dropped the tnet app from my phone. So, I don't really post too many pics anymore.

I have a mineral gallery interested so, I had to pull out the camera.

I need to get a crusher for the stuff that isn't specimin size or quality.

I sold the piece I showed 63bcpkr and awsmbandits with some others face to face so I don't have good pics of those sorry.
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Asmbandits

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Wow you have been busy Jarrod! Stellar finds!
 

Clay Diggins

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I'm thinking there's a banner in here!

Nice job Jarrod. That SDC 2300 really can find gold with the right operator. :thumbsup:

Heavy Pans
Barry
 

arizau

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What a concept! Adding the weight of one of the most common minerals to the weight of one of the rarest elements and getting paid as much or more as if it were all gold.

Good job and pounds to you.:thumbsup:
 
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Goldwasher

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What a concept! Adding the weight of one of the most common minerals to the weight of one of the rarest elements and getting paid as much or more as if it were all gold.

Good job and pounds to you.:thumbsup:
good money
 

Lanny in AB

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Gorgeous finds! Excellent pictures as well.

Nicely done, and all the best,

Lanny
 

IMAUDIGGER

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Looks like the type of gold in my neck of the woods.
A suggestion - if that is float gold..it likes to bleed downhill in very straight lines.
It’s worth marking the finds and projecting it either direction.

Easy selling that stuff for decent $$ up north.
 
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Looks like the type of gold in my neck of the woods.
A suggestion - if that is float gold..it likes to bleed downhill in very straight lines.
It’s worth marking the finds and projecting it either direction.

Easy selling that stuff for decent $$ up north.[/QUOTE

Its from digging. In amongst the ditches and prospects. I have veins located in several places.
 

IMAUDIGGER

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Looks like the type of gold in my neck of the woods.
A suggestion - if that is float gold..it likes to bleed downhill in very straight lines.
It’s worth marking the finds and projecting it either direction.

Easy selling that stuff for decent $$ up north.[/QUOTE

Its from digging. In amongst the ditches and prospects. I have veins located in several places.

I think the trail of gold that led them to the dig can be far better than the careless losses.
Makes you really wonder doesn’t it?

Not only the float gold, but the steeper dry drainages that it settled into.
 

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Well hell ........ ole GW just beat'n some ass out there in California . Damn fine stuff man . :headbang::hello:
 

63bkpkr

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Goldwasher those are some very nice specimens! Thank you for sharing!!………….63bkpkr
 
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I think the trail of gold that led them to the dig can be far better than the careless losses.
Makes you really wonder doesn’t it?

Not only the float gold, but the steeper dry drainages that it settled into.

The whole area around the lode is claimed We have it and the side with the most erosion. And the creek. I have got some float and elluvial placer. A lot of Alluvial in the creek. PICKERS GALORE. Specimen placer even. Sells over spot
Plus a lot of coil time in the adjacent areas just in case. But, so far all the gold comes from where I expect it to be not hope for.
Great fine gold in the small dry drainages.

Been working the Area since 2011. I share and show random finds. Definitely not everything. But, I have mainly been placer mining. I've got it pretty well sorted out. At this point the easy shallow stuff is playing out. On the hill sides at least.

Time to break down each prospect one by one sort through the Throw out/ waste rock pile totally. GB2 and sdc Probably dry wash them too.

Then it will be time for a push and scrape op. Too much over growth and top layer to keep working it this slow.Just taking off the top five inches will get be back to the pre Gold Rush ground level. Will eliminate almost all trash targets. No small brush and the ability to visually locate and sample contacts.

There is a serious amount of quartz showing visible mineralization that will be stockpiled for crushing. I've yet to set up for that. Since my house is like ten minutes away I'll be crushing and finishing at home.

I don't think their losses were careless. The stuff they were hand sorting was very rich. The mines around here were known for fabulous high grade pockets.

I'm working every drainage even the smallest. The whole hillside all around and below. Everything that we have rights to.

It's not "where is it coming from" anymore. I am pounding the logical approaches to get the associated float.

But again It's to the point where I need to lessen the distance from coil to targets. Sample the lode the old fashioned way as well.

Time to dig deeper.

Having claims with good placer and the source lode is pretty FUN :headbang:
 

IMAUDIGGER

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I have found that the narrow steep draws below these deposits generally have good gold 3-4 feet down on bedrock.
Many times they were passed over for lack of water and volume of paydirt.

I think those old timers grabbed every chunk of rock with visible gold just like we would today.
They did not have the ability to control their blasts very well and many times some ore got mixed in with the tailings.
Sorting ore in the dark under candle light was probably not the easiest thing to do.
 

Terry Soloman

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mytimetoshine

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good stuff brother!
 

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TNet community, I liked the looks of Jarrod's specimens so much I actually bought two of them (#2 and #4 from his pictures) from him!

A little backstory: I live in New Jersey and don't get to visit California or other "typical" gold country areas very often, so the likelihood of me ever finding gold-in-quartz myself is extremely low. But - I've always wanted to have some as a part of my meager collection of gold from my recreational trips to places like New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, and an occasional pit-stop in California (I've been able to make some day trips to the Bear River up near Colfax). I've got pickers that I've found in the wild, and plenty of vials of flour and flake gold (I label each vial with where the gold is from and when I got it) - but I didn't have any gold in it's "natural habitat" (i.e. in host rock).

I liked the idea of owning a few pieces that I know the history of; it makes answering the question "where did that come from?" a lot easier and more fun ("That piece is from the Motherload in California!). I have a shelf in a bookcase in my living room dedicated to my finds and other interesting stuff that I enjoy, and Specimen #2 is going on that shelf. (#4 is just being tucked away so I can glance at it once in a while and dream...).

Jarrod was a great guy to work with during this transaction. I think he charged me a fair price (given all the work he put into finding the pieces) and he was very easy to communicate with during the purchase. I got the pieces quickly and they're exactly what his pictures showed. (I hope I'm not breaking forum rules by saying all this).

Thanks Jarrod!

- Brian
 
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TNet community, I liked the looks of Jarrod's specimens so much I actually bought two of them (#2 and #4 from his pictures) from him!

A little backstory: I live in New Jersey and don't get to visit California or other "typical" gold country areas very often, so the likelihood of me ever finding gold-in-quartz myself is extremely low. But - I've always wanted to have some as a part of my meager collection of gold from my recreational trips to places like New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, and an occasional pit-stop in California (I've been able to make some day trips to the Bear River up near Colfax). I've got pickers that I've found in the wild, and plenty of vials of flour and flake gold (I label each vial with where the gold is from and when I got it) - but I didn't have any gold in it's "natural habitat" (i.e. in host rock).

I liked the idea of owning a few pieces that I know the history of; it makes answering the question "where did that come from?" a lot easier and more fun ("That piece is from the Motherload in California!). I have a shelf in a bookcase in my living room dedicated to my finds and other interesting stuff that I enjoy, and Specimen #2 is going on that shelf. (#4 is just being tucked away so I can glance at it once in a while and dream...).

Jarrod was a great guy to work with during this transaction. I think he charged me a fair price (given all the work he put into finding the pieces) and he was very easy to communicate with during the purchase. I got the pieces quickly and they're exactly what his pictures showed. (I hope I'm not breaking forum rules by saying all this).

Thanks Jarrod!

- Brian

Glad you like them. Let me know next time you're gonna come to California.

We'll get you somewhere besides the Bear River.
 

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