What a Difference a Day Makes!


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Everyone has been there and done that! Fish bitting real good one day and not the next. The same goes for prospecting for gold. I had a couple days of dry runs and got up this morning with a gold nugget on my mind. I've been stomping the high grass and tops of hills in search of a new patch here of late. This morning swing'n my coil, on top of a hill and working my way down to the ditch and through and old small patch to get to the next hill. I picked up a very weak wire sound, I dug out a few inches of dirt and listened again. This time a much better target, 7" more the nugget was out of the schist clay. Needless to say 3 more came out of this old patch, my GPX 4000 was running super smooth coupled with the 12x15 Mono Commander, it's deadly! No patch, is dead until you are!!! Until our next hunt.

LuckyLundy

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I remember hearing a story about some old timers in NV who found a bunch of gold nuggets that were in blue clay. They were complaining about how hard they were to dig out. THAT blue clay turned out to be very rich in silver.

This may be what I read before (from http://abob.libs.uga.edu/bobk/bluclali.html)...

"I'm not exactly sure why Virginia City is America's favorite western town. It just isn't one place in history. Instead of a single era of development and change, there are actually four distinct and separate eras here. This makes things a bit confusing for the traveler although most people just browse around here for the better part of a day and sightsee without ever understanding the complexities.

The first phase of the town was during its discovery and early development. The second was created by the Big Bonanza and the Great Fire. The third phase was a long era of decline and survival during the beginning of the twentieth century. The fourth phase was the post-World War II tourism boom, an era that created its own imprint on what was left of the old Virginia City and continues to do so even today.

In the 1850s, gold was discovered nearby. Miners were aggravated by finding thick blue clay that clogged up their gold-washing equipment. Someone learned that the "blasted blue stuff" was silver ore laced with gold. The new place was named supposedly by James Finnimore from Virginia, who dropped a whiskey bottle and christened the place "Virgina."

Here's another version...

http://books.google.com/books?id=2ii15i_a2akC&pg=PA16&lpg=PA16&dq=gold,+blue+clay,+nevada&source=bl&ots=kzLlGHqvte&sig=IeffTn8amPrAu-6RB8ZkaYGKzVc&hl=en&ei=tv76TMnxOYH6swOy76z3DQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&sqi=2&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=gold%2C%20blue%20clay%2C%20nevada&f=false

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