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Bucket Dredge Pics - 1940's to 1960's

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Heres a few more, these are still from dredges on the Yuba. I think I'm getting toward the end, I've got one more box to go through with maybe a dozen slides. 

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Reallly appreciate these :) Its amazing the amount of material they moved. Would have loved to see the sluice box prior to clean up :ya:

Tom H.

 

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On 5/15/2018 at 8:57 PM, IDdesertman said:

Here's one more pic of the above contraption... found a note on the this slide that reads " Dredge near Sonoita, Arizona. June 1961".

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Seeing this rig in its 'given location' makes me suspect there are some folks who have for years been doing quite decently for themselves quietly dry washing locations and outside perimeters S of Greaterville, E of Madera Valley, N of Pategonia and W of Sonoita..

Swamp

PS: To those on here who can most likely confirm / refute, I, for one, expect to hear nothing.. And do you mind if I crash at your place for a couple months..? :4chsmu1:

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Not a dredge but built by the Yuba Dredge company.  This one is up for auction. 

https://gobidtoday.hibid.com/lot/45656906/yuba-ball-tread-tractor-model-10-20

In 1914, the Ball Tread Company was purchased by the Yuba Construction Company, a large California firm that specialized in dredging for gold in the Yuba River, and in building gold dredging machinery. Yuba continued to sell the 12-25 and a larger 18-35 Ball Tread, building the tractors in their Marysville and Benecia plants.

https://www.farmcollector.com/tractors/the-crawler-that-rolled

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On 11/22/2018 at 8:44 AM, L Prock said:

Not a dredge but built by the Yuba Dredge company.  This one is up for auction. 

https://gobidtoday.hibid.com/lot/45656906/yuba-ball-tread-tractor-model-10-20

In 1914, the Ball Tread Company was purchased by the Yuba Construction Company, a large California firm that specialized in dredging for gold in the Yuba River, and in building gold dredging machinery. Yuba continued to sell the 12-25 and a larger 18-35 Ball Tread, building the tractors in their Marysville and Benecia plants.

https://www.farmcollector.com/tractors/the-crawler-that-rolled

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What a great old piece of machinery.  I love the steering system, including the front wheel direction indicator.

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Does anyone have any pictures of the Randsburg dredge that operated in the Randsburg California area? The only picture that I have seen is the one on page 74? of a drywashing book by the late Jim Straight's book Advanced Prospecting & Detecting for Hardrock Gold  which shows a floating washplant not an actual "Dredge".

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I got to watch the last operating bucket dredge in Northern CA on Indian Creek in Scott Valley, an operation run by the Harms Brothers.  It was awesome to watch...They got beaucoup gold but, like most aggressive placer operations, they did not recover enough to make expenses....Cheers, Unc

 

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Indian creek or Rattlesnake creek?

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