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T-Bone's 2.5 lb. nugget


Uncle Ron

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Here's a photo of the famous 2.5 lb. nugget found by Terry Bone back in the day...There's much mystery and speculation about this nugget and it's involvement with T-Bone's unusual death at a railroad crossing not too far from where the nugget was found...Tailgate Jim Straight knows much more about this ... The guy holding the nugget is Ross Hefner, an old time prospector, bull rider and rodeo clown who told me he was with T-Bone when he found this bad boy...He said T-Bone sold the nugget but never got paid for it, then ran across it in a store in Quartzsite...Shortly there after, T-Bone passed on in a puzzling way.... Ross died 4 or 5 years ago, but I got to spend a lot of time talking with him about his adventures with T-Bone and a few other nuggetshooting legends...Anyhow, figured you all would get a kick of seeing it ...Cheers, Yer Unc in the Dubyah

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I know every nugget found has a story to go with it, but the bigger nugget stories turn into legend, and that's when it gets real interesting.

Thanks for sharing Ron.

Paul

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Yo All ... I got curious and started googling about T-Bone and came up with a thread from a few years ago on this very forum...Check it out: Click Here

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Hey Cuz,

That was quite a nugget Terry Bone found. Thanks for sharing that photo with us.

On the last post on the link you provided, there was a mention of some of the old timers that used to haunt the area. Among the list was Dick Bailey. Dick passed away this summer, sadly.

The Mill City motel at the truckstop is no more, just the casino and a Taco Bell, and gas/services remain, as far as I know...

Lotsa changes out in that country, lotsa ghosts of times past still haunt the area.

Take care, Cuz...

~LARGO~

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Here's a photo of the famous 2.5 lb. nugget found by Terry Bone back in the day...There's much mystery and speculation about this nugget and it's involvement with T-Bone's unusual death at a railroad crossing not too far from where the nugget was found...Tailgate Jim Straight knows much more about this ... The guy holding the nugget is Ross Hefner, an old time prospector, bull rider and rodeo clown who told me he was with T-Bone when he found this bad boy...He said T-Bone sold the nugget but never got paid for it, then ran across it in a store in Quartzsite...Shortly there after, T-Bone passed on in a puzzling way.... Ross died 4 or 5 years ago, but I got to spend a lot of time talking with him about his adventures with T-Bone and a few other nuggetshooting legends...Anyhow, figured you all would get a kick of seeing it ...Cheers, Yer Unc in the Dubyah

Hey Uncle Ron

Nice nug, thanks for sharin. I just had to correct your spellin of double u. sorry couldn't take it any longer. hehe

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Uncle Ron... thanks for the link. Down memory trail... jim straight aka dutch john :olddude: js

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Like many of you, I knew and detected with Terry. He was the only person I ever knew who made TWO syllables out of "Jim." As in "Wellllll Geee Ummmm how y'all dooooin." Re; all those old rumors that he committed suicide, frankly Terry was too upbeat a guy to do that. A few days before his death, he told me that he was certain her would finally get paid for his nugget. HH Geee Ummm.

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Ron I was up in that area around the time Terry found that nugget and it was found near Jungo rd.

I hunted with Terry in Az, too.

Terry consigned the nugget in Quartzite,and was said to be stolen from the consignee.

I saw the nugget soon after it was found.

Terry even showed me were it was found, and laughed because it was a known patch in the area. the funny part it was about ten feet

off the side of the road and only down a few inches deep.

everybody including me had been hunting way down below it in the main patch.

That was Terry, he was ahead of us all and understood patches.

I learned alot from him. He was using a GM2 and a gold bug, I dont remember what he was useing when he found the nugget? It didn't really matter it was only a few inches deep. :D

The photo is after it was cleaned with Hyrdrofluric acid and it lost a lot of weight with the quartz.

I think it went down to 24 or 25 ozs.

I was also there when Jimmy Malone found his big nugget near by. I think it was around 22-23 ozs. after cleaning with Hydroflouric and he was a little bummed it didnt beat Terry's.

but the kicker, I was working a wash plant down below and heard all the screaming when Jimmy found it with his detector, I went up to see what was going on.

by the time I got there Jimmy had the monster nugget in hand and walked away from the hole.

He headed back up to the cabin to weigh it and left his detector laying there.

The hole was about two feet deep. I picked up the detector and wanted to see if there was an aura left in the hole from his nugget. I could hear somthing but it was strong so I kept digging side ways along a crack in the bedrock and found a 10 ounce next to it. except for size the nuggets they looked alike. we tryed to piece them back together, I was sure they were part of the same mass.

Great Times for sure. :) AzNuggetBob

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That's really awesome, Bob, to have been there and been part of it! ... 10 Ozt. I guess was just a dink in that neighborhood!!!!???? ... I never got to meet T-Bone I don't think, but I met Ross Hefner's friends but I can't remember who they were ...That was about 16 years ago... Cheers, Unc

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Ron I didnt get to keep the 10 oz. nugget, I dropped it on the table while Jimmy was weighing the big one. I was just teasing him for leaving it behind. but I can understand why. when you find a monster nugget like that.

I was working on Jimmy's property for 25%. Jimmy reached into his stash and let me choose 2.5 ounces in smaller nuggets

and that was fine with me. AzNuggetBob

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Thats Jimmy on the right. sorry about the flash, photo of old photo, I sure miss that guy. One hell of a gold hunter.

AznuggetBob

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I got to meet jim at majuba. My dad and I were up swinging the gold bugs when him and one of his friends pulled up. Pretty cool guy with a lot of knowledge. I still remember the HUGE nugget he wore around his neck. That was in 97 or 98 I believe. I was still in high school haha.

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OMG!

What happened to the saved content feature? I tried to find it, but apparently I missed it.

I get that feature now, but lost a boatload of great info on this subject...

Guess it is lost to the ages, I hope not...

Gary

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Uncle Ron

I remember when T Bone found that nugget and not too long after I heard that he gave it to a friend to sell it for him. Then I heard was the nugget was gone and Terry didn't get his money for it. Then no time later T Bone was killed. There was a lot being said at the time with the friend and the nugget but what's true went with him to the grave.

I never meet Terry but all good words was said about him.

Chuck Anders

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Ross Hefner told me that T-Bone put it on consignment with someone in Quartzsite and the nugget disappeared ... Sometime later, Ross said, T-Bone recognized his nugget on display with someone else and made a fuss about it ... Shortly thereafter, T-Bone was killed at the railcrossing ... Again, this is complete hearsay from Ross to me, but it adds to the mystery! ... Cheers, Unc

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Ron as far as Terry's death, I wasnt there I was back in Az taking care of some business,

but I will say this when I came back I heard about it.it was all over town. I talked with a friend. he said

he knew the train engineer, he lived in Lovelock. they switch engineers near there. and the engineer told him when he saw Terry's truck trying to cross the tracks

there was no way he could stop or even slow down much.That's down hill from Winnemucca as it heads toward Black Rock and California.

we all tryed to beat the trains there at the Jungo crossing. they were very long.

He did love adventure, RIP Terry, AzNuggetBob

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Shortly after Terry's death, speculation arose that Terry's death was not a tragic accident, but rather was EITHER murder, and somehow connected with his attempts to recover his nugget, OR was suicide due to depression regarding the loss of the nugget. I was working for "Treasure" magazine at the time, and as a long-time friend of Terry's I was able to contact and question the "right" people. Story was that Terry was closely following a second vehicle, and they were both driving rapidly to cross the tracks ahead of the approaching train. Terry misjudged the train's speed, and was hit broadside. That being the case, it was not murder or suicide, but rather a tragic accident. Having spoken to Terry a few days before the accident, I knew him to be upbeat, not depressed, being of the opinion that he WAS about to recover the nugget. HH Jim

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Well whoever had his nugget should have returned it to the rightful owners (next of kin). That's just wrong.

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The first vehicle was a couple of Terry's detecting friends. Terry was in the second vehicle, his truck. Storyline from the folks in the first vehicle was that they were hurrying to cross the tracks ahead of the oncoming train. Terry either didn't see the train, due to dust from the first vehicle, or under estimated the time needed to cross the tracks. Terry was a nice, humble, easy-going sort of guy.

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