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Kelly
08-27-2006, 04:27 PM
Went to clairmont this weekend,a real ghosttown. It used to be a gold town.There is a nice stream below it,and old iron stove parts and stuff laying around everywhere. 19 miles northwest of Glenwood N.M.off US 180 via FR 119.
Here is a link with some info about it.
http://www.nmmagazine.com/NMREGIONS/swglenwood.html

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LauraA
08-27-2006, 04:48 PM
Nice post Kelly! The first picture showing the corner of the cabin...that's some nice construction, and to imagine they did it all with hand tools. It looks like a beautiful site to visit.
Thanks!

Kelly
08-27-2006, 04:58 PM
Glad you liked it.:) Here is one more pic.

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y164/krtoydriver/100_0971.jpg

LauraA
08-27-2006, 05:06 PM
That's a great picture too. Look at the construction at the upper corner of the doorway, pretty clever. Man's ingenuity never ceases to amaze me even with the limited tools available at that time. No battery operated Black and Decker's! :eek:

Flatiron
08-27-2006, 06:13 PM
Hey Kelly..............Did you do any pannin' in the stream below town? I've been planning on making a GT trip to Mew Mexico, and it looks like this winter it may happen. This one is on my list. Thanks for the photos.........

Kelly
08-27-2006, 06:39 PM
Yes I did one test pan,Got a lot of black sand but no color, Wish I had time to so some more prospecting over there that same stream is miles long and most of it is on forest land. I did get some color in the stream below the catwalk.

LauraA
08-27-2006, 08:41 PM
Yes I did one test pan,Got a lot of black sand but no color, Wish I had time to so some more prospecting over there that same stream is miles long and most of it is on forest land. I did get some color in the stream below the catwalk.

Kelly, when you get the time, would you please post an explanation about the significance of black sand? We've got two never been used pans here, lots of washes and creeks but no clue what to do with them. We were shown how to use the pans, but not what to look for. (greenhorns here) :o

Kelly
08-28-2006, 05:16 AM
When your panning down your dirt you end up with the heavy stuff in the bottom of your pan,which is manganite, hematite,which is your black sand. It is very heavy like your gold is. So when you end up with black sand in the bottom of your pan you need to carefully pan out the black sand to get to the gold which weighs the most. But just cause you have black sand you won't allways have gold. But it is common with gold. I'll post more on it later.
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y164/krtoydriver/IMAG0015.jpg

LauraA
08-28-2006, 05:48 AM
Thanks Kelly. That gives us something to go on...

Kelly
08-29-2006, 01:46 PM
Kelly, when you get the time, would you please post an explanation about the significance of black sand? We've got two never been used pans here, lots of washes and creeks but no clue what to do with them. We were shown how to use the pans, but not what to look for. (greenhorns here) :o
Here is a good link with info on gold panning,
http://www.akmining.com/mine/goldpans.htm

LauraA
08-29-2006, 01:48 PM
Thanks Kelly! :)