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Dakota Fred Hurt – Gold Rush Alaska – Acquisition of the Claim

Fred Hurt of Gold Rush Alaska, also known as Dakota Fred recently discussed the acquisition of the Porcupine Creek claim in the first episode of season two of the popular show that airs of Friday nights on the Discovery Channel. … Continue reading

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Panning For Gold

Because gold is heavier than most sediments and gravel in a stream, it and other heavy minerals called “black sands” (including pyrite, magnetite, ilmenite, chromite, and garnet) can be collected in a gold pan when the right panning techniques are … Continue reading

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Gold Rush Jimmy Dorsey – Did he get a fair shake?

I recently did a telephone interview with Gold Rush Jimmy Dorsey who has appeared on the Discovery Channel show Gold Rush Alaska. In my interview it was clear to me that this was a man who admitted he had no … Continue reading

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Jobe Highbanker – $689.95 This highbanker/powersluice combo is built on the 48″ Yellow Jacket Sluice from Jobe. The unit includes a flare for using the sluice on its own, as well as leg assembly, 4 cycle engine, pump, hoses and … Continue reading

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Sutter’s Mill – California’s First Gold Discovery In 1839, Captain John Sutter, of German ancestry settled in California with the intention of growing a agricultural empire in the fertile hills of the Sacramento Valley. It was here that Sutter built … Continue reading

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Custer County Idaho Gold Custer County was so named for the gold mine that resides in the county. Custer County is named after the General Custer Mine that was discovered as early as 1876. The County is the third largest … Continue reading

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Explosives and Mining Story and photos by Jack W. Peters When operating a mine, anything that reduces wear and tear on your back and equipment is a great idea.  That is why for many mining operations, large or small, blasting … Continue reading

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