Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Our little sluice box is getting pretty full with fine gold

sluice box full of fine gold
 Sluice box is getting pretty full with fine gold

This is my brother Les running the big wash plant sluice concentrates through our cleanup sluice box. We did not have a lot of black sands in this deposit and it lent itself well to this type of cleanup recovery.

We worked a high mountain placer in Southwestern Montana for a few months. The price of gold was pretty low and kept dropping and we abandoned the project as the values did not support the project.

Gold prices that hovered around $285.00 to the low $300's an ounce and these were pretty tough times for most placer miners and we were no exception.

One thing is for sure you tough it out and never quit. Rethinking material handling strategies was probably one of the best things to come out of these lean times.