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I got a friend up in the White Mountains asked me to help his 91 year young grandfather fulfill his bucket list by finding some color. He's never been prospecting but has been reading the magazine's and dreaming about it for many decades .

Anyone know of a good starting point near Payson where we can get a couple buckets to run? This is a one time deal, neither of us plan to return to the area. Just trying to help an old timer out. 

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Edge. The area around Oxbow mine should have some fines. Also, the X right behind Oxbow estates is a old placer area. I dont know the claim status, but im sure if your just scraping up a few buckets to let an old timer have some fun no one is going to shoot you :)  The area I circled in yellow is all kinds of gold/copper mines. Dig out those crevices real good.  Good luck to ya. 

Tom H.

 

Payson Placers

Past Producer in Gila county in Arizona, United States with commodity Gold

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10098208
MRDS ID M001988
Record type Site
Current site name Payson Placers
Related records 10161095

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -111.35349, 34.18256 (WGS84)
Elevation 1280
Relative position ABOUT 5 MILES SOUTH OF PAYSON.

Political divisions (FIPS codes)

Gila(county)

Arizona(state)

United States(country)

North America(continent)

Land(continent)

USGS map quadrangles

Payson South(quadrangle 1:24,000 scale)

Payson(quadrangle 1:100,000 scale)

Holbrook(quadrangle 1:250,000 scale)

Hydrologic units (watersheds)

Tonto(hydrologic unit)

Salt(hydrologic accounting unit)

Salt(hydrologic subregion)

Lower Colorado(hydrologic region)

Federal lands

Geographic areas

Country State County
United States Arizona Gila

Public Land Survey System information

Meridian Township Range Section Fraction State
Gila and Salt River 010N 010E 32   Arizona

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Gold Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Gold Ore

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Unconsolidated Deposit > Gravel
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Holocene

Nearby scientific data

(1) Early Proterozoic granitic rocks
Map

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Past Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No

Mining district

District name Green Valley District

Land status

Ownership category National Forest
Area name Tonto National Forest

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS M001988  
U.S. Bureau of Mines Minerals Availability System MAS 0040070538  

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    JOHNSON, M.G., 1972, PLACER GOLD DEPOSITS OF ARIZONA: USGS BULLETIN 1355, P. 9.

  • Deposit

    WILSON, E.D., 1937, ARIZONA GOLD PLACERS AND PLACERING: ARIZONA BUREAU OF MINES BULLETIN 142, P. 81.

  • Deposit

    LAUSEN, C., WILSON, E.D., 1924, GOLD AND COPPER DEPOSITS NEAR PAYSON, ARIZONA: ABM BULLETIN 120, P. 32.

  • Deposit

    WILSON, E.D., CUNNINGHAM, J.B., BUTLER, G.M., 1934, ARIZONA LODE AND GOLD MINES AND GOLD MINING: ARIZONA BUREAU OF MINES BULLETIN 137, P. 182.

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit THE GOLD WAS DERIVED FROM THE OX BOW VEIN AND WAS CONCENTRATED IN THE THIN SOIL ON THE HILLSIDE. THE GOLD PARTICLES OCCUR AS FLAT NUGGETS TO A QUATER OF AN INCH LONG AND ARE A DEEPER COLOR THAN THE VEIN GOLD, PROBABLY OWING TO LESS SILVER.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-APR-1972 Gere, W. U.S. Geological Survey  
Updater 01-JUL-1979 Hall, R. K. (Creasey, S. C.) U.S. Geological Survey

 

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Thanks Tom that's great, I may end up there. Wondering if there's anything up higher in elevation. Seems I recall a couple places west of Payson were patented.

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These were all gold mines or placers. Getting kind of remote though.

Tom H. 

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Excellent. I know this area fairly well from hunting but not prospecting.

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Hey Edge, take it easy on that old guy.  I'm almost to his age but he has five years on me.  Watch him and don't let him overdo it.  Exuberance sometimes gets the best of us an we go beyond our bounds.  I know of what I speak and am not afraid to admit it.  Take some cans of oxygen with you can get it at the sports stores, I always carry it and some aspirin also.  Good luck and God bless you  for what you are trying to do.  :yesss:

   Old Tom 

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5 hours ago, Old Tom said:

Hey Edge, take it easy on that old guy.  I'm almost to his age but he has five years on me.  Watch him and don't let him overdo it.  Exuberance sometimes gets the best of us an we go beyond our bounds.  I know of what I speak and am not afraid to admit it.  Take some cans of oxygen with you can get it at the sports stores, I always carry it and some aspirin also.  Good luck and God bless you  for what you are trying to do.  :yesss:

   Old Tom 

Yeah his family will be in charge of his health. I insisted they bring an RV along with AC for him. 

The cans of oxygen, good idea. Heck I might be able to use some too.

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Thanks to the Bush Fire, we were unable to prospect Payson. I scrambled to my haunts south of Mayer and we ran about a dozen buckets of dirt from two locations.

First location was fly poo but location 2 panned out some great gold. So glad everyone (4 generations) worked out so well. The ol timer was tired but happy and so talkative about prospecting.

Thanks all that gave me suggestions.

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Love this story! My favorite memories are times when I helped beginners find their first gold. 

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