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I just got back from a week in Boise, visiting my Daughter, Grand kids, and doing a little detecting in Boise Basin. I found 3 pieces of quartz containing Gold. I gave the smallest to my Grandson, who went with on 3 ocasions. I crushed the smallest of the two. It came in at 1/3 Oz. ( 7 dwt). I think that I paid for my trip, and a great time. Dougpost-3800-0-18228200-1351034016_thumb.jppost-3800-0-08427600-1351033941_thumb.jppost-3800-0-16271000-1351033987_thumb.jp

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post-3800-0-59545200-1351086286_thumb.jppost-3800-0-26658600-1351086216_thumb.jppost-3800-0-39663600-1351086141_thumb.jpMy Daughter went with one day, and found an old Spoon, that made her day. She said that it was on her bucket list to go detecting with me. My Granddaughter went one day, and she thought it was hard work, not for her. It was realy a great trip. May be next May, I will go again. It was down to 23 degrees in Boise Basin the day before I left. Winter is on the way.
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Hi Doug,

Those tailings can be a lot of work, pretty unstable, but once in a while a guy can get lucky. Glad to see you did so well!

I think now there very well could be a skiff of snow up there, as the mountains up above the city of Boise, where I live, are covered with snow, and more to come with the next cold front.

Thanks for sharing your great story!

Gary

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Hi Doug,

Hope you can get up this way.

Back in the day, my grand-dad, who was a freighter, ran up to 22 horses in his team, which required several men to get their huge loads from Boise to the goldfields of the Boise Basin, Atlanta, and wherever heavy equipment was needed to mine the gold.

You probably met one or more of my friends up in the Basin, who have either large placer operations, or many acres of dredge tailings. I prefer not to mention them here, and, as you already know, they are private people and have been subject to many instances of highgrading or misuse of their private properties.

Your finds were great, thanks for sharing them here!

If and when you come up this way again, let me know. Who knows, I may want to get down your way some time, wherever that is.

I will give you a p.m. and my email address, for future contacts.

Best wishes!

Gary

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Hi Doug,

I just noted you are in the Tucson area. I used to work in Tucson many years back in the late 60's, at the then new Horizon Lands building. Tucson is probably my most favorite memories, having ridden horseback through the old Spanish ranchos, that were being destroyed by the building of tract homes. I wish I had a metal detector back then. What interesting finds could have been made!

My sisters in-laws had a drive in theater in Tucson, in the 50's. I had the opportunity to meet an old Apache man whose home at that time had some very interesting artifacts within, and the stories this old Apache could tell about the early Tucson area were very interesting. Tell you more later.

Best wishes!

Gary

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It's nice to see some pieces like that come out of the Boise Basin. I moved to the in the Boise area recently and have got out a few times this summer around Idaho City. I have run into many weekend prospectors who told me I was wasting my time because the gold is all too fine for detecting or big stuff is all gone. I guess I don't listen very well because I kept at it and picked up a few decent pieces including this one a couple of weeks ago.

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Looks like our season is about over. I got out for a few hours last Sunday and found 1 nice piece but there was an inch and a half of snow on the ground and it rained most of the day. Might have to plan a trip south this winter.

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Great finds! We keep hoping for one, even a smidgen of those would make my day.

Speaking of the "most unlikely" place, there's a great story about the early gold rush days in the Black Hills. A group of negro miners went up to Tinton and asked the miners there where they should look. They were sent to the least-likely place to look. One of those great twist of fates, they found so much, the US Calvary had to escort them out of the Hills with their finds. The mountain they worked was named "n" hill, you know the non-PC term, and that's how it was named on the maps, till not all that long ago it was renamed to Negro Hill.

All the largest nuggets in the Black Hills have come from the Tinton area. The most notable was John "Potato Creek Johnny" Perrett's, 7-ouncer from 1929, and the size of the nugget that matched the creek's name gave him his nickname.

The remnants of a company tin-town, aka Tinton, still stands there with many abandoned structures, some with beautiful stonework chimneys. Employees were paid with "scrip," which of course they had to spend in the company's stores. And as that old song goes: "I owe my soul to the company store," and when the tin-boom did not materialize, the mine and town folded and the people all left leaving the town itself to the ravages of time. It was never repopulated, though mining continues to this day.

-Ed

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Great story Ed, What the locals where telling me, Oh, you will find a few grains of gold, but don't get your hopes up for anything larger. Sure glad that I didn't pay heed. I will take 12 dwt. of sugar gold anytime. By the way, The Guy that was good enough to let me hunt his claim. I just sent him a check for $250.00. What goes around, comes around.

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