Friday, December 20, 2019
GOLD IN ARIZONA
Ever hear of Order L-208? If you haven't, and you are a gold prospector, it is something you want to learn about. During world war II, the US government ordered all non-essential mines (i.e., gold mines) to close and focus efforts on the war. After the war, many of these commercial gold mines that were mining gold at a price of $35.50 per ounce when closed, never reopened because lots of people did not come back from the war, many of the closed mines and mills fell into disrepair and were flooded, and our country instead focused on our infrastructure.
So, imagine you found one of these old mines. Today's gold price (December 20th, 2019), according to the blogspot "Searching for Gold" is $1,478 per ounce, or nearly 42 times higher than what it was when such mines were closed. So, most L-208 mines are likely commercial at todays prices! So, I discuss these old mines in my book, and where I could them, I gave GPS coordinates. Then there are many other gold deposits such as those associated with detachment faults. I examine detachment faults so you know what to look for, and provide information on dozens of detachment faults and prospects in these faults that run from the northwestern part of the state to the southeastern part of the state.
It took a few years, but finally, Gold in Arizona - A Prospectors Guide is now published (December, 2019). After researching gold deposits in Arizona, it is clear to me that Arizona is not only the copper state, but it should also be known as the Copper-Silver-Gold state. Hard to believe, but Arizona has produced much more than 500,000,000 ounces of silver and 16,000,000 ounces of gold along with all of its copper, zinc, lead and turquoise. So, in my book, I looked at nearly all of the old mining districts and found there were so many mines, that no teenager acne could even come close to comparing to all of the mines and prospects that cover our mountains. And, there are many deposits that have been overlooked, and many that have only been partially prospected.