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Here's pix of the old Callahan Dredge ... One of the main dredge operators back in the '30's owned my little ranch on Sugar Creek ... He had a thing about wild ducks and made it his mission to rescue ducks that were in danger of being harmed by the dredge and he would relocate them to the ranch...I got to meet him and his family years later, about 1980 ... He confirmed the legendary "basketball sized nugget" that went off the end of the dredge really happened   Cheers, Unc

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A long time since I've seen that dredge Ron. Do you remember where it went too?

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Thank you so much for sharing these pictures.  They truly are amazing and reminds us of a time long gone.

I know Bill and other members of this forum appreciate all contributions to the forum.  However, I hope you understand that it is forum contributions like this one that are really very special and greatly appreciated.  Thank you to everyone who posted pictures and comments.

We are a weird bunch.  When we aren't looking for gold we like to look at pictures of people who were looking for gold or just found some!  :ya:

Doc

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On 5/24/2018 at 7:43 AM, LipCa said:

A long time since I've seen that dredge Ron. Do you remember where it went too?

Yes, LipCa, it went to a precious stone (emeralds, rubies, etc.) operation on the Amazon River (or a trib to it) about 40 years ago ... It's dismantling was a real economic job boon for the locals...I was sorry to see it go since I drove by most every day ... I beeped it's tailings for a couple years, but didn't know what I was doing and, at that time, was a dredger rather than a beeper ... Love to go back but that was a long time ago and I'm hard core AZ guy now... Cheers, Unc

 

 

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22 hours ago, DOC said:

Thank you so much for sharing these pictures.  They truly are amazing and reminds us of a time long gone.

I know Bill and other members of this forum appreciate all contributions to the forum.  However, I hope you understand that it is forum contributions like this one that are really very special and greatly appreciated.  Thank you to everyone who posted pictures and comments.

Happy to share them Doc. I was lucky to get them. It only seemed right to share them so everyone else could appreciate them. 

Uncle Ron & Lipca: I think I recall seeing a couple pics of that Callahan dredge in my collection, I will dig around and see if I can find them. 

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I'd love to have something like that going across the state trust land parcels.  Section 2 and 16 tend to be state trust land, and off limit to BLM claims and the county.

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50 minutes ago, chrisski said:

I'd love to have something like that going across the state trust land parcels.  Section 2 and 16 tend to be state trust land, and off limit to BLM claims and the county.

That would be tough!

 

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I think for deeper areas, along some of the LSD, another dry wash dredge would not be impossible, difficult yes, but impossible, no.  I think most of the original gold is still buried under 10 to 20 feet of dirt.  No other way to get to it except that.

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Here's something a little different, these had to do with the construction of the Panama Canal. The first slide is self-explanatory, the second shows potential canal routes across Central America. Hard to read but basically shows routes various potential canals and there are a couple other slides with notes on estimated costs to dredge them, etc. 

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Very cool, IDdesertman.  Thanks for continuing to share this collection.

The Nicaragua route shown on your map was very nearly chosen for the first transmithian canal in the Americas, but much lobbying (a man, a plan, a whole lotta bribes) convinced Congress to buy out French interests and build the canal across Panama.  Now, after more than a century, Nicaragua is still trying to build a canal via the San Juan River-Lake Nicaragua route. 

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Not sure where this one is from... slide is labeled "Capital #3."

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That bottom photo is of a rig belonging to Brighton Sand and Gravel of Sacramento.  Brighton was a gold producer, I think with several dredges.

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More from the Capital #3 .

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Looks like one side of that wheel got worn off more than the other, I wonder why?  

   Old Tom

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^^ That slide reads "Lower tumbler with flanges burnt off. Note wore made from shaft"

More of the Capital #3. Found notes on one of the slides that says "Capital #3 , now #175 in Malaysia" 

 

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Here's the only pic I have of the Callahan dredge. 

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I've still got a few more dredge pics... These are from one of the dredges on the Yuba River I believe. 

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I wonder about the HP or KW rating of the electric motor that powered that dredge, to smoke through hard ground like shown?  Man, I bet those buckets got hot.

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These pics are so cool...Thank for sharing them.  Loven it!!!
Tom H.

 

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