Van Duzer Mining District - Nevada
Posted 15 November 2005 - 11:23 PM
I received a book in the mail yesterday and one of the placer locations it talks about is the Van Duzer mining district. It is located a little south of Mountain City, Nevada and north of Aura which I believe is a ghost town. Just wondering if anyone out there might have heard anything recent about the area or if they have had an occasion to visit it. - or maybe around Gold Creek southeast of there.
Posted 16 November 2005 - 12:47 AM
Posted 16 November 2005 - 01:50 PM
Thanks for the reply! Are you sure the whole area is private? It appears that it's in the Humbolt National Forest (except for a small sliver). The whole area is about six miles or 36 miles square. Which specific creek or mine were you trying to access so I will know to avoid it? There also appears to be a ranger station in the immediate vicinity. Of course I'm just looking at a map, so comments and feedback are still greatly appreciated.
Posted 16 November 2005 - 04:15 PM
Posted 16 November 2005 - 06:46 PM
Posted 17 November 2005 - 11:34 PM
What you need to do is further research - your data may not be up to date.
Almost the entire length of Van Duzer was processed by bucket line dredge in the later 1940s and early 1950s. There may be some productive tributary ravines creeks but they will be very steep - topo maps will show this. Perhaps a gold/quartz piece or two may be found in the dredge tails as well, but it may not be what you expect. This is why full research, topo maps and aerial photos are helpful. Aerial photos may also show access roads not shown on the topo maps.
Do your homework and you may find your own answers to your own questions!
Posted 18 November 2005 - 11:51 AM
I've been zooming in using the program Google Earth to find access routes into the area. The topo on it is 3-D and I can exaggerate the topography 3x to get a better vision of the "lay of the land". I read about the dredging, Cobb Creek, a tributary, was also dredged from about 1.5 miles upstream to the intersection of Van Duzer Creek. There is an area called "Picnic Flats" that may be open to the public which is right where one needs to be to access the intermittant streams up in the mountains northwest of Van Duzer Creek. Maybe the gravels of the smaller streams won't have gravels as deep as the 15 feet of Van Duzer. Yet, due to the possibility of their steepness it will present a challenge to find some quieter water at that elevation for gold deposition. The edges of the creeks and any cracks in bedrock could also provide potential areas to search. I have not been to the area, so basically I am talking in theory, when one actually visits a site, he or she may find things are all exactly the opposite of what they expected or hoped for, that's why first hand knowledge of the area cannot be "beat". Anyone with additional info. is welcomed of course.
Ps- As you know but what has not been mentioned is that those dredges turned up gold ranging from dust size to nuggets in the 5-6 ounce range. I'd be happy with a little "picker". I also have correlated geologic maps with topos, to get a better understanding of where to look, and outlined various bends in certain creeks that might provide good searching areas. I used Grasshopper Gulch which is along a big bend on Van Duzer that once held good placers as a model for looking at other creek areas to explore.
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