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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Whydah Sinking Described in Original Detail

"Relying heavily on a 1717 map of the wreck site – a true "pirate treasure map", Barry Clifford found Whydah's wreck in 1984 ... a discovery of unprecedented proportions. 
As Clifford describes in this National Geographic video, more than 200,000 artifacts have been retrieved including the ship's bell, inscribed with the words "THE WHYDAH GALLY 1716". 
It is definitely worth the time - see the video.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Walking Program Advice for Seniors

A helpful article to seniors who want to start a walking program.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Walt Disney Gold and Silver Collectible Coins

Though I am not a coin collector, I enjoy looking at facets of the gold industry that may offer the opportunity for profit. Collectibles can afford the opportunity for profit. Here is an article about Disney coins that I found interesting.
                                                Disney Opening 1955 - Wikipedia

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Original News Articles About the Silver King Mine, Pinal County, Arizona

The Silver King Mine traces its beginning to 1870, during the Apache Wars General George Stoneman, desiring an easier access route to Apache strongholds, had ordered the construction of a road from Camp Picket Post into the Pinal Mountains.[The road became known as the Stoneman Grade. A soldier named Sullivan, who was assigned to the construction, discovered some heavy black rocks that flattened when struck. Interested in the rock, he collected several samples but did not mention this to his fellow soldiers.After completing his term of service, Sullivan went to work on a ranch owned by Charles Mason. Sullivan routinely showed off the rocks, known as "nugget silver" to prospectors of the region, but never divulged the location of the discovery. After a time, Sullivan disappeared and was assumed to have been killed by Apache. 
Mason, joining with Benjamin W. Regan, William H. Long, Isaac Copeland, and another companion went searching for the location of Sullivan's find. On March 21, 1875 the group was attacked by Apache and the unnamed companion was killed and buried near the summit of Stoneman Grade. Following the burial, one of the group's mules strayed. Copeland was sent to find the wayward animal, locating it near the base of Stoneman Grade. Upon finding the mule, Copeland noticed an unusual rock outcropping and upon closer inspection saw markings that had been left by Sullivan. Sullivan's find had been located.
If you would like to read about the Silver King and the mining progress from newspaper articles - 
at the time the most prolific silver mine in the U.S. - see
                                                                                          A Silver King nugget.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Gold Weights and Measures

If you are interested in a comprehensive article on gold weights and measures, try reading humagaia's article at https://wizzley.com/weights-and-measures-of-gold-bars/

Monday, March 12, 2018

California Gold Rush 1849, The Big Winners and ?

During the 1849 California Gold Rush, many able-bodied men and women crossed the continent, traveled the seas, and arrived in California. They had ideas of wealth beyond imagination, a new life, becoming something instead of nothing, and finally having enough to establish a family. Some found gold, others did not, and yet others made a fortune providing for the basic needs of the miners. Learn about the lives of 10 early California wealth magnets and their contributions to California and the nation.

Panning pay dirt from a California sluice; examining a nugget.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Bodie Gold Mining Camp's Lucky Cave-in!

Learn about Bodie, California, the scene of an 1859 gold strike. This is a good read. "At one point Bodie consisted of no less than thirty mines, nine stamp mills, a railroad and over 2000 buildings. Including two banks, a fire company, five newspapers, close to 70 saloons, numerous dance houses and one jail. The town had a red light district and a Chinatown complete with opium dens."

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Gold Mined from Placer and Hardrock? Think Again

Recycling all forms of metal may be a treasure in disguise. Aluminum, brass, copper, circuit boards, wire, steel, lead, electronic waste - to name a few may be your key to treasure. There is gold in circuit boards and on RCA and other connectors. In fact, you may actually earn more searching for junk metal rather than panning for gold. Who knows? Urban miners are the present day thing, and perhaps the future!


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Arizona Owes Much to Cornish 19th Century Miners

Please take a look at my latest article on Cornish Miners in Arizona in the 19th century. It describes quite an immigrant history in the old west.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Demo of a 20-stamp Mill at Superstition Mountain

This is absolutely fascinating. 
20-stamp Mill Dedication & 1st Public Demonstration Nov 2015