OHIO gold

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  1. charliesbugs

    charliesbugs Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Anyone have experence or luck finding gold in OH.? I think I have found some in our creek. Wondering the best way to work it.
     
  2. texican

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    I'm not aware of any gold bearing ore deposits, or placer gold, in Ohio. Of course, I could be wrong. Any granite outcrops? Possible (very unlikely) glacial deposits?

    Of course, gold is where you find it.

    What is leading you to think you've got gold? I've got a degree in geology, and have some experience with Alaskan miners.
     

  3. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

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    Don't know about gold, but must have silver because that's where The Lone Ranger bought him bullets. He wanted Oh-hi-o Silver.

    OK, baddddd joke, but silver may have been mined near Yellow Springs, OH. Reports from some Indian captives was they were marched blindfolded to a mine to work and carried ore back to YS area for refining. To my knowledge that mine hasn't been found. Seems like that was in one of Allan W. Eckert's Wilderness-Series books.
     
  4. greg273

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    Gold is found in many eastern states, reportedly.

    I found out, many years after the fact, that I actually lived for a few months with the ONE reported gold bearing creek in Indiana in our backyard...

    Check the Geological service archives,there is a report that outlines gold and silver found in the eastern US. I've seen the paper, years ago, very interesting....
     
  5. MELOC

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    you can find gold flour in many places, but very few places have nuggets or workable veins.
     
  6. scott

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    my geologist buddy told me the ohio gold was brought down from canada by the glacier pack during a previous round of global warming ...
     
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    They find some gold not far from where I am from in Indiana. I have done a lot of reading on the subject and they say it is glacial deposits.
    If I was you I would start out just panning and see what you get. If you start finding some get yourself a sluice box (you can make one easy) as that way your do 10x the work as a pan without doing any more real work.
    Good luck and I hope you find a lot :)
     
  8. Windy in Kansas

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    You may want to check out the Gold Prospectors Association of America.
    Membership provides a video of gold panning and touches on sluice boxes, etc. Their other literature/information also tells about laws regarding claims, etc.

    http://www.goldprospectors.org/

    I seem to recall their information states all but one or two states have been known to yield gold.

    Have fun and be sure to let the rest of us know when the gold rush starts.

    With flooding and lots of water moving down the Arkansas River here in Kansas I've been thinking about seeing if I can find any. People have been walking the sand bars picking up old era arrowheads, scrapers, etc. Also old bottles and what have you.
     
  9. charliesbugs

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    I am not pos. that it is gold as I have not had it looked at by anyone. It has the color of gold and is the very last thing that moves in the pan. I also put a piece on a file and hit it with a small hammer ,did not shatter and looking at it with 10x lope could see the file prints. I use screens and then sluice it over apiece of black plastic corgagated pipe and then pan, ending up with some blk sand and very small red stones. I am not up on this so am asking any one that can help. Thank you Charlie
     
  10. Danaus29

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    Yes, gold has been found in Ohio. In fact it has been found in nearly all the continental states. Black sand is a good indicator that you may have some gold. The little red stones (please, oh please tell me you still have them) may be garnet which has also been found in black sand veins in Ohio. The garnet may be worth more than the gold.

    Are you close to Ohio State? Dale Gnidovec is one of the professors there and can tell you what you have. He runs the identification booth at the Rock and Gem show held at Vet's Memorial every spring.

    I think this was the guy we talked to one year in Indiana:
    http://www.midwestprospector.com/

    I found a sizeable chunk of gold in Preble County. Funny thing though, it had some poor person's tooth still embedded in it.

    Haven't done any panning yet but I know of several promising sites.
     
  11. beowoulf90

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    I don't know about Ohio, but here in PA we have gold..It is flour gold, but is fun to pan for... I've found some panning in the creek on my property..

    Since someone already mentioned Gold Prospectors of America I won't. The ones I've met GPAA are great and willing to help and teach you how to get the gold.
    Granted you'll probably never get rich, but it's fun..
     
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    ...................Great grandfather made lots of money from goldmine in south carolina after he came over from Bremen , Germany in 1849 . He was a mining engineer as far as I can tell . 1860 census listed his worth as 50k which was purty goot for that period in our history . ,fordy
     
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    As to the red stones they are size wise from a small o to a big O, and I wonder why are they all that small. same with the gold,there has got to be bigger pieces then what I am finding. some of the gold specks are so small I can not pick them up,can only look at them with the lope in the pan. There may be 20 or more of the red "Garnets" in the pan sometmes,they are really nice to look at. Thanks Charlie
     
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    Both Georgia and North Carolina had bone fide Gold Rushes. From my readings, it is dust that is the norm when waterborne. Follow the creek upstream and see what there is to see; the heavier nuggets will be closer to the veins in general.
     
  15. Danaus29

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    You should be able to get the smaller flakes with an eyedropper. The bigger stones would weigh about 1/4 carat. I would save them and have them checked out by a gemologist. You may have a small fortune in garnets. The theory why they (gold flakes and garnets) are so small is that they were brought down by the glaciers. I have heard of people finding good, gem quality garnets in the waste piles that ants dig out when making their tunnels.
     
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