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  1. Thanks guys. I should have also said that the area I am working stays damp when you dig down 6 inches or so to get to bedrock. Its in a wash about 5,000 feet. That is the other reason I thought dry washing might not work. I have used a friends dry washer in the driest time of the year and recovered gold. Phil
  2. I believe this is made by J E Metal. I saw it on one of the TV gold shows. I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts about this piece of equipment. I am trying to think of a way of running material in a rough area to get to but could hall in something small with 5 gallons of water. This area really never has running water except during heavy monsoon rains. I know a dry washer will work but would like to not have so much dust and noise. As always thanks for any input on the Gold Cradle Phil
  3. I would have never guessed a wind mill. I did think about a water will but that would have taken a great amount of fast water. Thanks for the quick replys. Funny what can be found in the desert. Phil
  4. Hi everyone. I was out today with a friend and we came across this piece of home made equipment. It was near an old well and also close to a small and narrow wash. There are also some old minor digs near buy with a lot of old small food cans and tobacoo containers plus assorted trash. Any ideas?? Thanks Phil
  5. I recently posted some pics of a couple different Arrastras and have a couple questions if someone could answer. I have read the links that were posted and they were very helpfull but did not address a couple items. Was this setup used for processing any other type of mining? I was unable to find any gold in the left over material in the cracks. I did not do the entire Arrastra but thought there should be a little gold showing up. I also am not sure if I would be able to tell if there was any fine silver in the material. From what I have read the Arrastras were used for gold and silver mining. Thanks Phil
  6. I did read through the links given above but only saw reference to gold and silver in this process. Was this setup used for processing any other type of mining? I was unable to find any gold in the left over material in the cracks. I did not do the entire Arrastra but thought there should be a little gold showing up. Thanks Phil
  7. I found another Arrastra . Thought you all might like the pics. Shows the drag stones, the exit for finished product and overall pic. I did take some samples and panned out the material but found nothing. I did try to go into the cracks but I did not want to break up the Arrastra. I did read through the links given above but only saw reference to gold and silver in this process. Was this setup used for processing any other type of mining? Thanks Phil
  8. Thanks everyone. The links are great and I did read them. Now that I think back with my new info I remember that the hill is all loose heavy gravel that was probably deposited long after the use of the Arastra . Over time this hill overtook the Arastra. Above is still a large flat area where lots of material was brought in and processed. Above this flat area are located many mines. Thanks again. I will go back and try to take some samples and look for more remains. Phil
  9. Hello : I was shown this yesterday and was curious if this is an Arasta. It is only about 8 feet across and sets on the side of a fairly steep hillside. It is close to the bottom of a large wash and has several mines far above. I thought there had to be level ground to be able to make a circular path around the Arasta. Tried a search on google but did not come up with much. Thanks Phil
  10. Way to go!!!! I know the feeling and it does feel great. I also just recently found my first nugget after a year. Phil
  11. Thank you for all the suggestions. I will definitely give them all a try and let you know if I find more gold because of it. Happy Hunting Phil
  12. Thanks I needed a nugget one way or another to keep the drive going. This will do the trick for now. I do plan on going back and detecting the hillsides around this area and the wash again. From all of your experience what does this nugget tell you of its travel to this wash in pic? From all I can find out this area is not known for placer gold but does have gold lode mines on hillsides above. Does the fact that the nugget is very porus mean anything? It sort of looks like a segment of a picture of a human brain. Thanks again Phil
  13. Finally my first gold nugget. This find has taken a year to get but is well worth the effort. I will try to keep this short. I started by joining the Tucson Desert Gold Diggers as suggested by this forum and others. Then tried to figure out what detector to purchase. I ended up getting a Mine Lab SD2200v2 and a Whites GMT. I also do a lot of 4Wheeling so I can get to a lot of remote locations of old mines which I have always enjoyed doing. Anyway after reading forums and asking question I started going out and looking for the yellow stuff. Like most members post I found so many square nails, parts of blasting caps, shell casings,buck shot and so many lead bullets I started to feel like I was beginning to understand the detectors a little bit. During this same time period I would also do a little gold panning to keep my interest up because I knew a spot where I could usually find some gold. Well to how I found this nugget. I was going to leave on about a 4 week visit to see family and wanted to get some gold so I went gold panning. After jeeping into this location and then hiking in further with buckets, classifier,misc. tools and pan I got to a spot that I had found gold before. I got set up and put my first scoop into the classifier and went for second scoop and saw this nugget staring at me in the little hole left by the first scoop. I have to tell you that at first it was disbelief because it was so clean and shinny and only down about 3 inches. Bedrock in that area is about 2 to 6inches down in the crevices. I have gone over this area before with the detectors and have found lots of junk but must have missed this one nugget. This area is not a gold placer area but has a lot of mines above wash. After gaining control of myself I cllasified some more material and took it home and did find some more flakes and couple small pickers. Bottom line as has been said many times on the forum it can take a long time and a lot of looking. I only hope the next nugget will be with one of the detectors.By the way this nugget weighs 1.7grams and appears very porus in its apperance. I only further cleaned it with toothbrush and water to get dirt deep inside but pic is how it looked in gravel. Thanks for all the great info on this forum. John B if you read this post I go out with Doug McDow so I bet you can guess the area but you do not need to answer the question. Phil
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