Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Washing gold at Bannack Montana in 1987

Washing gold at Bannack Montana in 1987
Washing gold at Bannack Montana in 1987

This is my old trommel at Bannack Montana. You can see to the right of the dragline boom we had stripped 60 ft of overburden and uncovered a incredibly rich pay channel. I recovered over 1700 ounces over the course of the summer. We were right under the goldbug lode mine and understandably the enrichments from the elluvial placer really enhanced our seasons tally. We stripped over 700,000 yards of overburden and washed over 100.000 yards of pay gravel. I ran this operation 24 hrs a day 7 days a week. The credit goes to the men who stepped up to the plate and worked their guts out for my operation. I was sure proud of them. I will have more interesting photo's and stories as we mined through this historic area of Grasshopper creek, in the coming months.





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