The Reynolds Gang stolen treasure

Many Confederate soldiers formed into militia groups during the War for Southern Independence in Colorado. They included the Fairplay Unit, Leadville Unit, Denver Unit, and Mace’s Hole. Col John Heffiner was the highest ranking Confederate to operate in the state. He and his officers were forming a regiment at Mace’s Hole in 1862. They were attacked and driven out of the territory by Union forces from Ft. Garland. Southern sympathizers, the Reynolds Gang operated in South Park in 1864. In July of that year, Jim Reynolds and eight Confederate “soldiers” launched, what would become, the only invasion of the South … Continue reading

Jack Slade and the Virginia Dale Stage Robbery

Jack Slade and the Virginia Dale Stage Robbery

Bandit gangs who regularly terrorized the stage lines, chose several areas that were well scouted to work, one is along the famous Overland Trail in Colorado, as hide-outs. The gang felt so comfortable in the remote landscape that they even went so far as to build a cabin. A hideout cabin was built at the top of “Robber’s Roost”, on Table Mountain, about a mile to the northeast of the Stage Station. The hideout was well placed, with a great 360 degree view it was hard to sneak up on, and it was very difficult to climb because of the … Continue reading

Getting Started

The pursuit of Happiness Of all the good reasons for taking up the hobby of Gold Prospecting the first and foremost is the FUN! No matter what season or weather, it is always a good excuse for taking the time to get out and run the dogs. We revel in enjoying the freedom to explore America. Gold Prospecting is the very essence of the pursuit of happiness, in all its American glory! Recreational Gold prospecting doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to get started. A number 2 shovel and a gold pan IS the list of basic … Continue reading

The Moffat County “Diamond Fields” hoax

Moffat County in Colorado’s northwest corner is home to one of gem collecting’s most notorious gemstone mining frauds. The Great Diamond Hoax a notorious frontier gemstone mining fraud that made scandalous headlines across the country in 1872. The 1860’s and 1870’s saw many exciting foreign discoveries of diamonds, rubies, and sapphires. It seemed the United States had a precious gemstone bonanza of its own in 1872 when two prospectors arrived at the Bank of California in San Francisco. Philip Arnold and Jack Slack, cousins and native Kentuckians, deposited a canvas bag containing the purported fruits of their latest prospecting venture… … Continue reading

How to Talk like a Miner

It’s hard not to be confused and kinda left out of the conversation the first time you talk to a “real” miner. They have a distinctive vocabulary that was developed by prospectors and hard rock miners over the years. At times it is almost like hearing a different language when a miner describes his work day. Translate the following conversation and you will be an expert! The old mine isn’t played out like everyone thought, yesterday we put up the bellows on the east adit, there was some bad air beyond the cave in ’bout half way down the tunnel. … Continue reading