New Photos of the Billy Goat Claim, by James Madden,
January 6, 2011
spent several hours moving half buckets of material out of the culvert pipe.
only got back in about 6 ft. the first 3 ft were a mass of roots and gravel.
I dumped everything in a plastic tarp in the back of the truck. There was a
steady flow of water, but not enough to run a sluice box. ran the material up at
pine mountain lake camp ground. got a little fine gold out of the 7 buckets. The
sluice slipped once and I lost some of the material and probably some of the
gold as the water is quite swift up there. Went back by today with a flash light
to check the bottom of the culvert everything is well rusted there. Next trip
back I will set up a pump at the end and pump water back up to a sluice box.
Today I headed back to the billy goat and collected a 5 gallon bucket full of
the green infused quartz and gave a couple of big chunks to the lady and her
husband who runs rock bottom finds in coulterville. She is doing an order to get
some more mining supplies as she only has one sluice box and a few pans. Showed
her the new blue keene pan with large and small riffles she wants to add them to
It is cold at the billy goat due to the fog layer that is coming up from the
valley. Migel was there probably metal detecting, did not go down to that part
of the claim. I did get a couple of pickers and some fines on the upper end of
the billy goat.
The day I put the signs up I hiked upstream and found the old mining operation.
all the equipment is gone but the massive rock walls and brick work were still
intact. It was just upstream and up hill from this location that I found the
quartz field. Across the river is another one but there is too much water
flowing to safely cross.
I really needed a few more days, wanted to set up the power sluice and work a
few of the gravel bars I found on the hill side.
Back to the culvert pipe, after I checked the pipe with the flash light I took a
walk upstream and found that the water flow was coming from an old mine shaft
about 25 ft from the road. it was covered in old vines. I walked towards the
opening and was walking on a floating sponge of vegetation. The upper 3 ft was
out of the water but I could see that there was at least 4 ft of water covering
the bottom of the shaft. The creek flowed to one side of the shaft and it was
dry. Will be back there again and work that area after the rains stop. Last time
I was at the culvert there was no water flow. So the culvert pipe was put in
many years after the mining operation stopped so that section of the creek was
filled in for the road. Now I know why there was not a any pickers in the
culvert. When the creek flows it is probably not moving that much material the
majority of the water is coming gently out of the mine shaft. The gravel build
up is elevated probably 4 ft above the shaft. Looks like a good spot for a
common operation one day.
The 4th photo is the rock wall it must have taken some time to build it
selecting and placing the boulders, the face of all the walls are very flat.
fifth photo is a where they build an area with red brick not sure what that
section was for. The last photo is blacks creek near the mine. I talked to a
telephone lineman yesterday and he said that maxwell creek and blacks creek
sounded like a frieght train rushing by just 5 days ago. You can see where the
billy goat was at least 5 or 6 ft higher than the level it was today.
I got some good color today only had an hour to dig before it got dark. Will be
back there early sat to finish. I was working red gravel on the hill side only
dug about 7 gallons of material. Just started getting down to the larger
cemented gravel and bigger rocks. Bedrock is only 2 ft down at this location.
New Survey's posted in the Members Only Area -
posted July 10, 2009.
If you are a member with access to the members only area, please visit the
"Surveys" page and cast your votes. The surveys have been reset, and we
want to hear your fresh opinions on these topics. Additionally, there is a
newly posted survey regarding the Coulterville outing, so be sure to cast your
This Year's Raffle Prizes -
posted May 18, 2009.
Hello all, Michael Brick 'ways and means'.
Just letting you all know that Bull creek outing is very near and I wanted to
post some of the raffle stuff we have rounded up, and these are just some of the
items that will be raffled off. I hear that the 'vac pak' (with hose
attachments and 2 cycle oil) will be raffled off at one of the outings later
this season, and also Don our UPI President has other vendor donated items that
will be raffled off along with some real nice gold nuggets that will be
part of it all.
Items in the picture are: vac pak, grizzly pan and gold miser mini plastic
sluice and mini metal sluice boxes, one that is regular creek water to run
through or one that can be set up to have a garden hose recirculation pump to
work, pistol probe pulse pin pointer, books on how to and video's that are from
Dave McCracken, scoops and digging tools and pans and a bunch of other stuff.
Oh, and I'm donating a home made gold dowser rod that has 2 gold nuggets and a
red ruby and red garnet inside and it works too. So come out and dig for
gold and check out the UPI news letter and help support our vendors that really
donate the items and make a lot of this happen for our organization.
April 4th & 5th, 2009
- Bear River Outing sponsored by the UPI Contra Costa Chapter
What a day it was! You
know it's a good day when everyone goes home with gold. Thanks
to all the folks that came from the Santa
Clara and Stockton UPI
Chapters; other areas of UPI, the GPAA members, and others for joining us at
Bear River on
Saturday. I never got a final count, but, there was about 40+ folks and
about 15+ sluices in the stream in one area about 20x20 and also folks up and
down the river. Over all it was a great success for UPI. Thanks to all
for helping out some of the new folks. Sorry I had to leave so soon but needed
to take care of some business. I wanted to stay all day & night!!!!!!!!
Don't forget to bring the
your stories for show and tell at the next meeting. (April
16) Thanks again for a very enjoyable outing. Ed Ozga, Contra
Costa Chapter Chair
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