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 miner tricks can you find in these photos to put to use in your operations?
Last winter, I made a gold cradle based on some old gold miner photos like the ones below. However, I also used some old Australian prospector pictures as well. For some reason they used a slightly different design from the California gold cradles I have seen. The cradles or rockers are used when gold is being processed in areas with very little water available. By digging a holding area at the end of the rocker outlet, you can actually reuse the water quite a bit before you need to replace it with fresh water. Think of an old-school recirculating pump and you will get the idea….
Here are some more historic pictures and drawings from old California sluice box gold mining…
I will continue to upload more historic gold mining and prospecting photos as I find them! Let me know if you have any comments or want full quality versions of these pictures….just drop me a note at “JC AT eGoldProspecting.com” with the subject “Old Gold Miner Photos” and I will see what I can do for you.