|The recovery of natural resources and the will to survive is the most basic drive of human nature. It is directly responsible for the establishment, sustainment, and survivability of civilizations since the beginning of mankind. The migration of mankind towards these resources is responsible for the manner in which we, as humans, have populated our planet. Humans must have abundant natural resources in order to survive. |
Mining is a fascinating part of American history and, like other civilizations, is deeply embedded into our past. Locating and recovering natural resources has been and will continue to be a key to our vital role as a world power and example of organized democratic-style existence. The United States continues to be a major contributor to the global mining industry, and our recovery of natural resources as a whole affects billions of people worldwide.
|The mining industry in the United States has a relatively short history that only extends back a few hundred years to the emigrant-led settlement of the North American continent. Mining activities by native inhabitants in North America occurred in some forms prior to that, but explosive population growth generated a massive requirement to recover a greater amount of natural resources to sustain demands.
Sources of iron and coal were critical early discoveries, as well as the discovery of precious metals and fossil fuels. Contrary to common understanding, multiple "rushes" occurred to discovery locations where these resources were deemed plentiful. We can thank these mass migrations for the settlement and development of the United States as we know it today.
|Specific regions within the United States were populated (practically overnight) solely for this abundance of natural resources. In many cases, significant recovery efforts continue in these same discovery zones to this day. Other areas once populated by resource hounds were abandoned due to industrial challenges, lack of technology, or as new resource-rich regions were discovered and targeted as "easy pickings". We are left with the black and white images of ghost towns and the remnants of their discoveries. These regions remain very rich in natural resources, and the advancement of technology has made them attractive to the commercial and recreational mining industry once again.|
|Right: At the end of 2008, the United States took over the second position in world gold production. South Africa, the world leader in gold production for decades, saw mining output drop by 14% in 2008, sinking it to 3rd on the list:
1. China: 288mt
2. United States: 234mt
3. South Africa: 232mt
4. Australia: 225mt
5. Peru: 175mt
6. Russia: 163.9 mt
7. Canada: 100mt
8. Indonesia: 90mt
9. Uzbekistan 85mt
10. Ghana 81mt
|Left: Each yellow dot on the map signifies the general location of noted gold mining activities, both past and present. Not seen on this map are the thousands of mines that littered the landscape that were overshadowed by the more production mines. |
The northwest portion of the United States is considered to retain one of the most concentrated and relatively undiscovered gold deposits on the earth. Geologists and historians both agree that only a small percentage of the minerals in this region have been found.
All of our unpatented mining claims reside directly within these incredibly rich regions. Our focus is mainly on Northern California, Southwestern and Eastern Oregon, and the Central and Northern regions of Idaho.
This is a photo of a very rare map from the Joseph Hutchins Colton collection. This is a map of the United States, the British Provinces, and Mexico which shows the U.S. Mail routes that were created to support the gold rush to the western portions of the country.
Original map drawn in 1849 of the gold bearing regions of California. This map was created from a very rare old piece that was made at the peak of the California Gold Rush by British cartographer, James Wyld. This map was instrumental in convincing many in Great Britain and Europe to make the perilous ocean voyage to seek fortune in U.S. West.
|Here is a great article by Harold Kirkemo at the USGS covering Prospecting for Gold in the United States.|