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Old 02-13-2010, 09:30 AM
 
Location: In The Outland
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I think there is gold in the Teton river. The last time I was up in there I saw a guy using a rocker in the stream and when we passed he gave a "deer in the headlights look". I think I know his secret gold finding spot now ! Suction dredging in the crevices between the rocks and boulders can produce some gold in many streams not well known for holding gold. There is still a lot of gold in the rivers and streams, it's just not easy to get at it. Remember that a gold pan is really a prospecting tool, not an efficient gold mining or collecting tool.
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Old 02-13-2010, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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Default Sapphire info...for what it's worth.

South and east of Missoula is the Phillipsburg Valley....it lies on the east side of the Sapphire Range. This area in Montana offers some of the best hunting for Sapphires. If you're N/W bound on I-90 toward Missoula, exit # 154 onto Hwy #1 and follow the signs for about 60 miles.

My daughter's husband was raised in that area and over the years accumulated quite a number of different colored sapphires. His collection ranges from various shades of green to blue, orange, yellow and red. Totally pure and clear Red Sapphires are commonly called Rubies.

He surprised her (many years ago) by having her engagement and wedding ring set with serveral perfectly clear Yellow Sapphires. She was thrilled and gets many comments to this day.
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Old 02-13-2010, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Haha, if only we could harvest the "gold" off the wheat fields!!

I'm terrible about rocks and flowies. Either one can steal my attention at any time, and I still come home with pockets full of rocks and seeds My granddad was a serious rockhound (and had good cutting and polishing equipment, wish I knew where it went!) so maybe it's inherited
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Old 02-13-2010, 09:00 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Oh my gosh have you seen this show?
American Pickers - History.com
It is a good example of a habit I am trying to cure. The dryness of EM makes all these junk piles cry out to be picked and all the rocks of course after the farmers plow!
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Old 02-13-2010, 10:25 PM
 
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There's gold around Helena and south of town. After all, iHelena was "discovered" by the Four Georgians who were looking for gold, and found it on their "last chance." Hence, the name "Last Chance Gulch," Helena's main street. Go south out of town on the Gulch, toward Unionville. We used to pan gold as kids, with some success. The old Brewery used to sell jars of dirt out of its back yard for tourists to pan there. Also, over near Bannack. It can still be found as the river comes down out of the hills.
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Old 02-14-2010, 08:54 AM
 
Location: In The Outland
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Here is an old picture of Kendal along with a few current ones. We visited the ruins not long ago and I think the old town-site is owned by the boy Scouts Of America. I think many of the streams in the general area of these old mining towns may still have some gold. Another method of finding gold is to go over the old tailing piles with a metal detector. More than a few nuggets were missed in the early mining activities and are still just sitting in those piles. The first picture is of the miners and families at Kendal celebrating "Miners Union day" in 1906.






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