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Central Wa. Nugget hunting?

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Our winter in Nevada is coming to an end, and the reluctant migration back to Wa. State begins in about a week. Gotta work all summer, to pay for next winter...

Home base will be Wenatchee, right down the road from the Liberty mining district. 

From what I have looked into so far, nugget hunters are SOL, without earth moving equipment. 

Anybody have any luck in the area?

General area would be great, GPS coordinates gladly accepted, as always :)

Regards, Kyle

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I hope you have some success. That's a terrific area if you can find a place to hunt. For those of you not familiar with the Liberty mining district, it's famous for wire gold specimens which are some of the highest priced in the world on a per gram basis.

https://www.google.com/search?q=liberty+washington+gold&tbm=isch&chips=q:liberty+washington+gold,g_1:crystalline&client=ms-android-google&prmd=isnv&hl=en-US&ved=2ahUKEwi3-dT26azhAhWDwIMKHbCkA1gQ4lZ6BAgBEBk&biw=412&bih=604

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20 hours ago, Morlock said:

I hope you have some success. That's a terrific area if you can find a place to hunt. For those of you not familiar with the Liberty mining district, it's famous for wire gold specimens which are some of the highest priced in the world on a per gram basis.

https://www.google.com/search?q=liberty+washington+gold&tbm=isch&chips=q:liberty+washington+gold,g_1:crystalline&client=ms-android-google&prmd=isnv&hl=en-US&ved=2ahUKEwi3-dT26azhAhWDwIMKHbCkA1gQ4lZ6BAgBEBk&biw=412&bih=604

Those are very cool looking! I would love a cluster!

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9 hours ago, Knifemaker84 said:

Those are very cool looking! I would love a cluster!

Amazing gold comes out of there. From everything I can find so far, it is in very specific areas of shale, and under many feet of overburden. "Corbley's potato patch", where they pulled a 13oz nugget out a couple years ago. I believe Mr. Corbley passed away, just a year after finding these. After 40 odd years of working the area.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DfGLgYrphdmM&ved=2ahUKEwiak7v0hLDhAhUxGzQIHZBVBsoQwqsBMAB6BAgIEAU&usg=AOvVaw25UVJt29yFNFAs2H2QlT8p

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8 minutes ago, Trailertrash said:

Amazing gold comes out of there. From everything I can find so far, it is in very specific areas of shale, and under many feet of overburden. "Corbley's potato patch", where they pulled a 13oz nugget out a couple years ago. I believe Mr. Corbley passed away, just a year after finding these. After 40 odd years of working the area.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DfGLgYrphdmM&ved=2ahUKEwiak7v0hLDhAhUxGzQIHZBVBsoQwqsBMAB6BAgIEAU&usg=AOvVaw25UVJt29yFNFAs2H2QlT8p

Awesome video. Sorry to hear that he passed. On a plus side he saw what was in "the hole". RIP. 

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16 hours ago, Trailertrash said:

Amazing gold comes out of there. From everything I can find so far, it is in very specific areas of shale, and under many feet of overburden. "Corbley's potato patch", where they pulled a 13oz nugget out a couple years ago. I believe Mr. Corbley passed away, just a year after finding these. After 40 odd years of working the area.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DfGLgYrphdmM&ved=2ahUKEwiak7v0hLDhAhUxGzQIHZBVBsoQwqsBMAB6BAgIEAU&usg=AOvVaw25UVJt29yFNFAs2H2QlT8p

Might want to check a topo.map to see if there's any  bluffs, road cuts, etc where that shale layer is exposed. Given the price of those pieces I'd spend more time on research and less on detecting just anywhere until I found a promising spot.

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2 hours ago, Morlock said:

Might want to check a topo.map to see if there's any  bluffs, road cuts, etc where that shale layer is exposed. Given the price of those pieces I'd spend more time on research and less on detecting just anywhere until I found a promising spot.

Agreed. I have a couple people in mind to try meeting up with, to see what they have to say. Sometimes a cold beer and a handshake still goes a long ways. 

Regards, Kyle

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for some reason all I get on the second link for pictures are x's in a box

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1 hour ago, MonsterGuppy said:

Follow this youtube link some info you may really like in the video.

 

Thanks for the link. I watched that a couple weeks ago. Really interesting, and very cool of the professor to do these presentations for the general public. Both he and the guy from Liberty mine did a great job of putting things in layman's terms. Even I caught most of it! Lol

Regards, Kyle

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Man that area is all claimed up but if you can find available land try to get close to the Ace of Diamonds mine...I'd be hitting the hill sides trying to find what didnt make it to the creek yet.  Also, you can prospect direcly under the HWY 97 bridge right at the Liberty turn off.  There's a fair amount of bedrock if the water is low.  I'd like to get down boulder creek where all them dredge tailing are, but its claimed up.  Do some research on mylandmatters and see if you can find some available land, also there are some clubs that got claims out there just cant remember what their names are.  GOOD LUCK !

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18 hours ago, mariposagoldbag said:

Man that area is all claimed up but if you can find available land try to get close to the Ace of Diamonds mine...I'd be hitting the hill sides trying to find what didnt make it to the creek yet.  Also, you can prospect direcly under the HWY 97 bridge right at the Liberty turn off.  There's a fair amount of bedrock if the water is low.  I'd like to get down boulder creek where all them dredge tailing are, but its claimed up.  Do some research on mylandmatters and see if you can find some available land, also there are some clubs that got claims out there just cant remember what their names are.  GOOD LUCK !

Thanks for the heads up! I will research it, and catch up with the local prospecting clubs. We are in Wenatchee for the summer, so I can work to pay off my Wife's "10th anniversary" Jeep Wrangler. Funny how it makes an excellent prospecting rig... :)

Regards, Kyle

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If you want to find some "sorta" easy gold take a sluice box and dig the top layer of dirt directly under the bridge.  There was a heavy rain a few years back that broke a beaver dam which then deposited a bunch of flood gold on the surface.  Shouldn't take to long to accumulate a gram or so of wire gold.

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Let us know how you did and take some pictures!

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