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It is pretty amazing what time & erosion can do.

Few years back, running a metes & bounds survey line in CA Sierra Nevada gold county.

I bumped into an undocumented mine dump.

Portal was completely “sluffed” in, caved & you would have never known it was there.

If it were not for the “dump” extending from where the portal was.

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By the size of the tree’s growing out of it, I estimated it was driven circa 1870’s

Spent a few hours clearing the end of the dump off

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Found some very nice “free gold” specimens on the dump.

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Ended up spending 2 days on that dump, gathering “specimen” grade samples.

Ended up staking a lode claim over it, taking another 2 days.

Given all the “permitting” issues CA is known for. I never opened to portal, as it would have taken a backhoe.

Which would have been a permitting nightmare.

Ended up selling most of the specimen grade free gold samples to a San Francisco jeweler for a good chunk of change.

He was so enthralled by those samples. A year later, he made me an offer for that lode claim, for an even bigger chunk of change, I could not refuse.

Ya just never now what you might bump into out there, cover up by time & erosion.

That was a lucky day.

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Interesting photos Adam. Any chance of some replenishment gold being found there?

Absolutely Steve... Every time it the gully runs good, it does replenish itself. I have found nuggets on bedrock that I have worked in the past.

elder-miner Great photos ! It would be wonderful to find something like that

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