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  1. I wholeheartedly support the idea of Royalties. All interested parties are cordially invited to go out and dig your own . . .
  2. And if that was not obvious enough,( in support of Dan's comment), I would simply add, "Well, No Screaming Eagle Shiitz Sweet Pea!" Anyone that has one eye and half sense knows, (or should have known), that the Bookings Institute was a Liberal Think Tank!! Why quote that as a credible, unbiased, source? And by the way, we have never been "United", in the general sense of the term, but that's OK, and IMO, that's good, for a lot of reasons. We are different: Generationally, geographically, ethnically, racially, and a lot of other ways, which has always been how things were and still i
  3. Read, study, research and persistence. Believe in yourself . . .
  4. You might try search term: metal detecting boots composite eyelets, or something similar: The link below is for a Rockport all composite, no metal construction boot, just as an example. Also, I'm told that Galls.com used to carry them. Didn't check. https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fworkingperson.com%2Frockport-works-boots-men-s-waterproof-non-metal-composite-toe-boots-rk6635.html&psig=AOvVaw3DJMqW2qngRWKunpjoqztI&ust=1596749562847000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CA0QjhxqFwoTCNDQ9_aBhesCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAK
  5. U.S. Silver Coin Melt Value Calculator https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjD4eiFz4LrAhWJITQIHUszCQ0QFjACegQIARAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fcoinapps.com%2Fsilver%2Fcoin%2Fcalculator%2F&usg=AOvVaw1MI8NINjDyQqAm4jP4PsLB Here's a handy "junk" silver calculator link to check spot price of silver and melt down value for silver coins, pre-and post 1964. Note: The 35% and 40% silver coin category shows total $1.55 face value and silver melt down value. **The Eisenhower silver dollars have to be an
  6. "The largest nugget ever found in Oregon was found in a tailing pile in Sumpter ..." Tailing pile? Sumpter? The Armstrong Nugget is an impressive gold nugget, and the largest gold nugget from Oregon still in existence today. It was found by George Armstrong and Dick Stewart on June 19, 1913. They were placer mining in Buck Gulch, near what is now a ghost town named Susanville, in Grant county. While washing out gravels in a part of their claim, Stewart spotted an odd looking object in the creek and reached down to pick it up. He was shocked to discover that it was a huge gold nugget,
  7. Don't forget the white mice for his pet . . .
  8. Yeah Gary, I think the Yavapai pretty much went after every white-eye in the Bradshaw's that they ran across in those days. That Battle Flat area has some "killer" history. Glad you made it out alive. And survived Crown King as well.
  9. Allen, not trying to discourage you, but you haven't established, or offered any proof that the rocks actually contain gold. Are you proposing that some knowledgeable person on the forum crush the rocks for you and remove any gold, which you will share based upon agreeable terms for the service?
  10. "That is a provider thing and who your service provider is in a given area" Oh so true. Even the big boys don't always seem to work in certain places way out in the sticks. The smaller local providers, may or may not, let you piggy-back and roam for awhile but it's hard to figure out what works until you get out there and see the set up, range, parameters of coverage etc. Nothing simple anymore.
  11. I have learned from experience that there are times and places that you can be at higher elevations with a direct line of sight and no obstructions to the cell tower (except distance), and still not get a signal, so I am not sure that elevation alone, would always work.
  12. Oregon Gold Story-Dave Rutan: Part-3 Throughout the day before the event, the guests trickled in, with groups of 2-3, being the average and everyone got the guided tour from Dave, then visited and mingled until almost sundown. At that time, almost a dozen people collected in the Lodge, seated around a couple of hand - hewn wooden tables. After plentiful drinks, sandwiches, and a few tall tales, everybody turned in. The following morning after coffee, I hit it early and spent some time probing and detecting the most likely spots around the camp and ended up with lots of trash to show for
  13. Oregon Gold Story: Dave Rutan Part-2 I realized the minute I laid eyes on the camp that the odds of finding any stashes of gold nuggets or coins with a metal detector would be slim to none. As many prospectors know from experience, one of the main problems with metal detecting in Oregon or any place where there are a lot of trees and dead fall is the difficulty in getting a coil close to the ground. Sometimes it's impossible. Trees and brush, overgrowth and carpeted landscape of that nature is the usual ground cover, and Wines camp was no exception. Except for the immediate area aro
  14. All bets are off these days . . . skys the limit.
  15. Right. Again the mint diversion? I never said that coins have been silver plated, although that is what you erroneously inferred in your haste to nitpick and set me straight. I make fun of clad coins by saying they are silver plated or copper plated or whatever. The point is, the diminution of value of the coin. And how do you know that coins are not silver plated, did the information come to you from some supreme being or did you at some point have to learn it? If I don't know something, I look it up. And often, I look up things anyway just to be sure I'm right. "And there is s
  16. Clay, clay, clay: It was meant to be a sarcastic remark and a question in jest, by making fun of clad coins in general. It wasn't intended to be a statement of fact. Had you not been so quick to jump on it with an erroneous correction you might have gotten the point. Now, you seem to be dodging the fact, that yes, Kennedy half dollars, released into normal circulation, contain silver. (1965-1970) Next you will no doubt try and tell me you meant minted coins that are "all silver", not what you actual said: "There hasn't been any silver in U.S. coins since 1964" And what does introduce i
  17. "The period between 1964 and 1965 was a busy time at the U.S. Mint as it transitioned away from 90 percent silver dimes, quarter dollars and half dollars, moving the first two to a copper-nickel clad composition and the half dollar to a silver-copper clad composition (40 percent silver). As a result, a few 1965 coins struck on planchets intended for the pre-1965 90 percent silver issues are known. These are coveted by collectors. The error type is also sometimes called a “wrong metal” error" The mint apparently "accidentally" kept using silver to mint an unknown quantity of these quarters
  18. "There hasn't been any silver in U.S. coins since 1964" Au contraire. The 1964 cutoff date applied to certain coins and not to others. Apparently it's a little known fact that "some" of these Washington silver quarters do exist. (And maybe even into 1966) And: "In 1964 Kennedy half dollars were made from 90% silver and 10% copper. Half dollars made from 1965 through 1970 are composed of two outer layers containing 80% silver and 20% copper with an inner core of 20.9% silver and 79.1% copper (net composition: 40% silver and 60% copper)" Also: Bicentennial Kennedy Half Dollars-Wi
  19. At last! I guess that means zinc and copper will be on the rise soon? (no more silver plated coins-just 100% zinc/copper?)
  20. As I recall, Dave compromised by giving up Emily in order to keep his other remote gold camp. Given the circumstances and who he was fighting, I'm amazed he came out with anything at all. He risked a lot, but apparently came out OK in the end.
  21. News Posted Mar 13, 2010 By Les Zaitz The Oregonian/OregonLive Lead: “Dave Rutan runs a gold mining retreat in the wilderness of southern Oregon. His desire to commercially dredge miles of the Chetco River concerns some environmentalists” Three years ago, Dave Rutan opened a gold mining retreat inside the Kalmiopsis Wilderness of southern Oregon, bringing in helicopters, gas-powered dredges and paying customers. He did so without the permission county authorities say he needed. Now he wants to commercially dredge miles of the Chetco, one of Oregon's purest rivers. He plans to helicopter
  22. "You can buy small cell phone repeaters to attach to the drone, so if your in a remote location, in a canyon, or hills that get no cell, you can send the drone straight up, to get above hills and mountains to get cell" I could see that being a game changer in remote areas. Probably cheaper than a Sat phone . . .?
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