Modern Perspective on Mining in America

Johnny Walker at a mine in Arizona.

Many times I have heard that people who are working a federal mine claim are getting their gold for free. Here are the latest statistics (Jan. 2017) according to the Mine Safety and Health Administration. There are over 2,300,000,000 square acres in the United States. Mining in the U.S. takes up 5,569,929 acres, or 8,703 square miles. Most of this total is devoted to gravel pits and coal mines. Currently there are only 345 mines producing all types of metals, gold, silver, copper, iron, etc. These 345 mines represent 2.5% of the total mined land, or 217.5 square miles. (139,200 … Continue reading

Not in MY Backyard

An interview on a Denver television station recently aired, concerning a homeless shelter program in Boulder Colorado. The reporter was interviewing a neighborhood representative on the issue. The well dressed lady, in front of her Prius, holding her tablet computer, thought the project should be stopped. She stated that there should be a more appropriate area found for the homeless shelter. Not in my backyard! Boulder County, Colorado contains a wealth of minerals that the United States in 100% dependent on foreign nations to supply. Many of these nations are not friendly to the U.S.. Russia, China, Pakistan, Kurdistan, among … Continue reading

Support Mining in America

The best reason to support mining in America today is as follows:  There is no EPA in most of the countries we are forced to buy our strategic minerals from. In the Congo cobalt is mined. The Congo is the main source for this mineral. Tribal leaders, sometimes referred to s war lords, get all of the money. They extort their people or force them to work in the mines. There are proven reserves of cobalt here in the U.S. Another example, according to National Geographic Magazine, is in Peru. Young men in their teens are forced to go to … Continue reading

Treasure Mountain

The mountain is actually named Citadel Mountain. The legend of the lost “Spanish Gold” stems from an expedition financed and organized by Napoleon Bonaparte. Rumors of gold had been heard by the French court, at this time the French had laid claim to the whole of the Louisiana Territory. Napoleon needed to finance his ambitions and had decided to sell the territory. So an expedition was organized in New Orleans to explore and put to rest this rumor before the decision was made to sell. The Spanish had laid claim to the territory and of course the Conquistadores had done … Continue reading

Stagecoach and Train Robbery in Colorado

The only public transportation before 1869 was the Stagecoach, and most areas were served by the interconnecting stage lines. Naturally they were an obvious and tempting target for outlaws, especially those who were just breaking into the bandito business. In 1869, when the transcontinental railroad was completed, the stagecoach was the only form of public transportation available. The stagecoach system remained the best way to travel most of the remote areas in the Rocky Mountain west into the early 1900’s. The best travel money could buy until 1869! Since many of the local mining companies transported their payrolls by stagecoach, … Continue reading