Ancient river of gold in S.E. gold belt?
Hi Stan, I can't say enough about the materials in the Ancient Gold and the Discover Anything courses!
I was able, after watching the videos, to find free reads and downloads of the ancient rivers of gold book. You really are giving away your secrets to us.
I enjoyed your story of the GPAA and the masters! I have been a member for 30 yrs of LDMA and GPAA as you know, I am in N.W.Florida, a long hike from western gold deposits.
I have found gold in Alabama and Georgia all up thru the Carolinas. All flour and fine. The loud mine produced some nice gold.
I did many hours of research over 20 years ago on gold in Alabama. Now seeing the old research with new information added. I searched historical books in libraries bought local county maps and looked for stream names like "gold mines creek". I always found color.
The history of S.E. Gold is obscure in many ways. Initial reports in 1830 ring of Calif. type finds of large gold then later on vein deposits found. Most mining in the SE gold fields evaporated 1849 when the lode was found in Calif. Many miners left said they left better gold in SE than they found in Calif.
1865 Civil war decimates the south, many courthouses where claims filed burned in the siege. The miners never returned after the war and most memory of gold locations fades. New private owners had no clue as to minerals on property. I have been laughed at more than 1 time when I asked a farmer if I could pan on a creek that ran thru the property.
There is much fine gold being released from decaying garnet schist. I wonder if the large gold found in the gold fields 1n the 1830s in the SE is from an ancient river of gold and was overlooked then and not yet found again presently. Am I wandering a dream or on to something? I want to connect the dots. Thanks for any ideas!
Warmest Regards: John
Stan's response: Hi John, First off, thanks for the kind words about the recently released courses.
I clearly hear what you are saying about the gold deposits of the southeast U.S. There really is a “disconnect” between what we read of the original miners and what we see today. Like you John, I am quite curious to discover if something has been overlooked or is hidden. I know that a number of prospectors would love to discover a rich, ancient river channel in the area.
The first step would be to thoroughly research and discover all of the locations of the very richest mining operations from the 1800’s. Any hints, comments or announcements found in historical newspapers would help. I know you have done a lot of that already. Any mention of gold nuggets uncovered would be a key.
This research might give you a few counties that seem to be more interesting than others. I would travel to any place where nuggets are claimed to have been discovered.
Then, I would begin to scour the hills for large, water-worn boulders that are out of place. Gravel pit owners might be aware of any concentrations of rounded boulders that have been found in their areas, especially if they are not in a current river. Sometimes, private properties might display an unusual, large, round boulder near an entrance or near their home if it is a conversation piece.
Anyway, I think you get the idea of becoming a large, round boulder detective. The combination of nuggets and boulders is the winning combination here.
Please keep us posted on your thoughts, ideas and any ah-ha moments!
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