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Hey guys,

haven't been on in a while. Life has kept me busy trying to get by the past year. At the moment I am living in Laguna Beach area of CA and have been hoping all over the past couple years finding where life takes me. I'm getting married in the next 6 months or so and moving to CO with my fiance in the next month to start over again in a new inviornment due to the ecconomy being the way it is and giving my self a little more of an opertunity for career change. I will be moving to denver or just a little north of there to broomfield or something like that 20 min north and so I will be very close to the rockeys. I just visited and didnt even get to go see the mass of mountains which left me very disapointed. I plan to either go back to school God willing or head towards the pipe fitters union to go back to be a weilder like I planned to do in the past. CA has a very dirty click and reputation now to become a welder and I got tierd of the politics as it was already as a Labor. Things are very different today and going in land will be a lot more productive to head that route so will see when I get there. Anyways back to CO and my hopes to do some prospecting again out there, all I have is a minelab eurika gold detector and a couple gold pans and hope to maybe get exsperience in other forms of prospecting out there. I was hoping a few of you have exsperience out there and can tell me a little bit of what CO has for me out there because I have no idea where to start out there. I have only prospected out here in southern CA. Sorry for rambling on, I figured I would give a little intro of where I am coming from and maybe there will be a few of you out there I can get involved with thank you hope to get some good responses

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I lived in Colorado Springs for many years and may go back. I can tell you that about 40 miles from Colo Springs is the Cripple Creek area. It was founded on gold and mines still operate in the area, although the town itself as turned all the old historic sites into Casino's.

But that area has produced a lot of gold. :twocents:

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MJ

Good luck on your new adventure. Now is not the time to quit one job unless you have another. Bad times are here and will get worse. I would get that part lined up first. Don't count on DC to fix things. Their too busy lining their pockets and the pockets of their banker friends. I'm all for doing new things just do your homework first.

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Colorado, has great weather, 9 months of winter, and three months of bad skiing :laught16::laught16::laught16: , Used to go through there alot when driving longhaul truck from Houston TX. to Alberta Canada. lots of Bisson, and lots of Antilope. Good thing about it, the wind only blows twice a year! 6 months to the east and 6 months to the west Grubstake

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Colorado has many areas to look for gold. The cost of living is lower than most states, and jobs pay less. You will have to deal with the cold. Buy plenty of cold weather gear. The difference between S. Cal. and CO. Is night and day!!! :tisc-tisc:

Happy Hunting-SteveT

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Dont you believe Grubstake about the weather. Colorado has over 300 days of sun each year. Broomfield will not be winter for 9 months, although it does snow lots and deeply at times.

The Denver area has a local gold club, Gold Prospectors of the Rockies. They had no claims when I was a member 5 years ago, but a great group of people.

Gold Prospectors of Colorado is based in Colo. Spgs. They have many claims available for club members.

Both of these clubs can be found on the web with a search, and membership is minimal.

Good luck in your bid at a new life, you are going to be in a great place!

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Here Here Dave!

Also there are many bases around Colorado Springs that hire contractors. I think the welding profession would fit in nicely.

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mjhiggs16,

Having been born and raised in the little mining town of Gilman, Colorado, which has been a ghost town for many years, closed to the public..... http://www.flickr.com/photos/gsec/2828952065/ about 25 miles from Leadville. The old school house sat just above the last house, top right in the picture and if we lost the baseball or basketball over the fence at school, it was an all afternoon job to get it back. The famous Groundhog mine where the Golden Rams Horn was found, is just around the corner from Gilman. The underground workings connect to the Eagle mine at Gilman. I can say that if you enjoy 4 full seasons of the year, the Rockies will suit you just fine. I loved the 3 mild seasons but do not miss the winters at all. I have spent the last 40 years here in Kingman, Arizona and find that the wind blows more here than anywhere I was ever at in Colorado.

California has it share of wind, the Santa Ana winds in California will peal the skin offen a fella.

As far as places to prospect in Colorado, there are many and they will differ from most of the southwest locals. That is with reference to metal detecting and dry prospecting. Wet prospecting is pretty much the same, only the water does seem to leave the limbs a little numb in the higher altitudes, year around........... :zapped:

I would contact one of the many clubs that will be at your disposal, nothing like mingling with those that been there and done that on a regular basis. A google search will provide much reading. Here are a couple links to get you started.

http://www.legendsofamerica.com/CP-TreasureClubs.html

http://www.hookedongold.com/gold_in_colorado.html

Hope that this helps in your information gathering........

Jim

P.S. for the old timers that took baths in one of these, here is a shot of the bath tub in the house that I lived in for 14 years back in the 40's and 50's. Wish that I could acquire it....... Is in much better shape now that the two in my back yard that the wife uses for planters..... :laught16:

http://defunctplaygrounds.com/images/gilman/gilman35.jpg

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Thanks every buddy for your advice. I cant wait to get there. I was looking at all of the minerals the state has to offer, something like 700+ I find amazing! Thank you jim for the pictures and links, that town you lived in is Gorgeous, I was reading a little bit about the area. I am jealous of the days and times you got to live and the area, you cant beat that! Since I was young I loved rocks and unlike any buddy else in my family I was known as the weird one that signed up for metal detector mags online at like 10 and my dad would yell at me for flooding his mail box full of crap haha. His brother jim died from working in a rock cory at like 40 from falling off a ladder and drowning in the sand. Really sad but he spent most of his life prospecting on his own and almost killing him self a few times doing so. I never got to go with him he died when I was young but I know where I got my obsession from. Anyways I cant wait and hope to find some people out there to work with. If any of you end up out there on a trip or what not please keep me in mind. Im always looking for old timers to learn from. I didn't realize till about 23 how much I was interested in geology and now I feel its to late for me to go to school to get anywhere in a career suiting that field. You wont find a job today paying anything till you have at least a masters haha, I couldn't handle that. Im a hands on type of guy and books never got me to fare. Well thanks again guys and hope to talk more with you.

Miles Higgins

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Plenty of gold in Colorado, too few places a metal detector will be of much use.

Paleface, How about giving us some history on the groundhog mine. I have an image in my mind something like the cresson vug in cripple creek, a big open space the walls lined with rams horn nuggets and crystals. :Huh_anim]: I've spent some time in the area, better luck hunting mushrooms than gold though.

Carl

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Plenty of gold in Colorado, too few places a metal detector will be of much use.

Paleface, How about giving us some history on the groundhog mine. I have an image in my mind something like the cresson vug in cripple creek, a big open space the walls lined with rams horn nuggets and crystals. :Huh_anim]: I've spent some time in the area, better luck hunting mushrooms than gold though.

Carl

Carl,

The Groundhog mine was composed of 2 vertical chimneys and was much different than Cripple Creek Cresson vug, which was a chamber measuring about 40'x20'x15' and produced somewhere near 60,000 ounces of gold.... :zapped: The Rams Horn as well as much of the wire gold was not found in large vugs, it was associated more on the contact zone and was encased in a clay like sediment. There were a few small clean pockets that had wire gold visible, according to stories told by the miners of the day and handed down.

My Father and several mineral dealers from Denver, Colo. spent a lot of time trying to locate in place specimens that contained Horn (wire) gold. The waste dumps provided very small specimens as any decent ore was salvaged back in those days. Pyrite and Barite lined vugs are abundant adjacent to the actual Ground hog chimneys. I was able to access some of these area's through the Eagle mine before it closed. Now all of the openings are either caved in, plugged or have bat bars in place. Thank God that there is not one place that entry can be gained to the old workings, the area is unstable and bad air is the norm. The surface area is private and watched with an eagle eye. I hope that my permission to detect will still be honored when I head that way this summer. Pickings will be slim to none, as most of the rich ore was extracted before I was born and there is a very large percentage of overburden on the main Ground Hog dump.

You can glean more information with a search for information on the Ground Hog mine and the other Gilman/Redcliff area mines.

Here is an old post for your reading..........

http://www.nuggetshooter.ipbhost.com/index...hl=gilman,+colo.

I have a brother living in Red Cliff and numerous other relatives in Minturn, Eagle and Gypsum, that also gorge down on the wild mushrooms when in season. :chowtime: I never did try them when growing up in that country. My loss ........ :sadwalk:

Jim

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The Rams Horn as well as much of the wire gold was not found in large vugs, it was associated more on the contact zone and was encased in a clay like sediment. There were a few small clean pockets that had wire gold visible, according to stories told by the miners of the day and handed down.

Thanks for the first hand info. I've heard of large chunks of free gold found in the ground hog. At one time i probably could have gained access to the tailing piles anyway, that was before I started detecting and a couple owners ago. Did the chimney reach the surface or what level did they find it?

Back on topic. In Colorado i'd search for nuggets anywhere between Breckenridge and Fairplay. Thats a big general area where there seems to be more coarse gold than other areas of the state. We just dont have nuggets laying around on the surface like they do in the southwest. The "turtle" nugget on pennsylvania mnt was found just sticking out in the side of a hill, i'm not sure if it was in a placer cut or not. I know a lake where a kid found a 1/2 oz nugget while fishing but all the nuggets i've found were in old workings.

Carl

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