Category Archives: Historic

The Diary Of A Forty-Niner; Gold Miner In California

By: J.C. Allen I love gold prospecting history and I have started a podcast and am currently reading from the old book, The Diary Of A Forty-Niner, which was compiled around 1895 or so.  It purports to be letters and diary entries by a gold miner from Connecticut who traveled to California during the gold rush of 1849 and 1850. For fun, I have taken the locations, creeks, claims, etc. from the book and placed them into a Google Earth™ mapping service overlay for your education and information.  Read more [...]
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Historic Gold Miner & Prospecting Pictures Round 1

If you spend any amount of time gold prospecting, do you always begin to wonder how did the ol' timers do it?  Since I spend way too much time stuck at work when I'd rather be out in the field prospecting and metal detecting for gold, I am continually stumbling onto some great old finds. Today I went back around to a resource I found last year, and found quite a few more solid gold nuggets of old timey gold mining pictures...I hope you enjoy them as much as I have. What gold prospecting and Read more [...]

History Can Guide You Where To Find Gold

The Diary of A Forty-Niner When you know where to find gold either on-line or in the real-world, the sky is the limit!  Being a fan of history and finding several of my prime prospecting spots through old newspapers, I continually dig through the dark, musty archives available on-line and occasionally I'm rewarded with a nugget or two. Continuing my digging after an earlier find, "Letter From an 1850 Miner," following the paystreak, I found another book/diary of an "forty-niner."  The Read more [...]

Historic Gold Miner Pictures First Edition

Historic Gold Miner Pictures First Edition To make myself a better prospector and learn from those who have gone before, I love to check out old pictures of the gold miners and prospectors who have been there and done that. It is interesting to see the way the old schoolers used to dress, the equipment they used, and overall demeanor... I even use them to plan DiY equipment builds...like these rocker pics... when doing my Rocking Gold Cradle build over this past off-season.  I hope you enjoy Read more [...]