Author: Charles Watson

Gold- John Had Another Good Day Mining!

By Charles Watson John sat on his porch and packed his pipe with the last bit of tobacco. His dog came over and nuzzled his nose under his arm and John gave him a big hug. John gazed over the valley below that held his mining claim. It was a warm autumn evening and light was dimming fast. Shadows were growing longer. Morning temperatures were getting colder-the mining season was coming to a close. John nuzzled his dog back and thought about the gold he got that day. He’d hit a good pay-streak that the old guys missed. A...

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Gold- Claim Jumping!!

By Charles Watson Blam! Blam! Blam! The tree branch above the stream exploded sending a shower of bark on top of a man bent over the water’s edge. The man dropped his gold pan and began to run, briefly glancing over his shoulder only to see the person leveling his gun again. Blam! Blam! Ting! A 44 caliber bullet whizzed by the man and hit the rock outcrop in front of him,causing a wisp of rock dust to rise and rock fragments to be thrown into the man’s path. “Get off my claim,” shouted the man with the gun....

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Tertiary Placer Gold

By Charles Watson It had been raining for two weeks straight. The streams were full and the mud was thick and sticky. The saloon doors quickly swung open and the man wearing a long leather coat dripping of rainwater turned and used the mud chucker to scrape the mud from his boots. He slowly sauntered up to the bar, his hat shading his eyes, never making eye contact with anyone. As he pulled open his coat the bartender reached for his shotgun. The man dug into his pocket and pulled out a quite full and obviously heavy leather pouch,...

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2017 – A Fantastic Mining Season

They are already talking about it. Some were out during the epic floods this past winter watching the rivers, the streams and even the small creeks, dreaming, imagining, wondering what it will look like when it is all over. Intense high stream flows, not just once or twice, but several times and often for sustained periods. Bank-to-bank floods, scouring the bedrock, ripping out old stream-side vegetation, and eroding into virgin riverbanks like it has not done in decades. Muddy, bubbling, frothing turbulent waters, a vicious act of nature that causes jaw-dropping havoc and destruction, leaving some people humbled and...

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Gold Mining 2017

They are already talking about it. The murmer is growing and the consensus is building. People are tuning up their machines, gathering supplies, and scoping out new spots. This is going to be one of the best mining seasons in decades! Several things are working in favor of the miner, as it appears the winter storms have brought an end to the three-year long drought, a change in government regulations is on the horizon, the price of fuel and supplies remain low, and gold remains around $1,200 per ounce. All that points to a good year for gold mining. The miners can feel it. That tug on their soul, the calling from...

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