The “Big Hole.” A 30 foot deep swimming hole. [Slate Range Bar, N.F. Yuba River California]
Wild West Gold Mining Adventures
There is no other gold mining adventure like this one. This is real mining! We are unique in that we offer individual full-time mining instruction for the week you are here. Included in the price are excellent food and accommodations.
One-on-one personal attention on all mining activity, including professional gold dredging.
Gold Dredge Training Camps
This claim section on Slate Range Bar hosted one of only two camps operating here in mainland USA.
Wild West Camp: One-on-one training with 4”, 5”, 6”, 8” including mini and the larger production gold dredges. Gold dredging is the most productive of these methods. An experienced dredger can typically find one-half to an ounce of gold each day. With gold prices at $420 an ounce (Note: today being 2020 its around $1,400.00 an ounce), this is a hobby that can be very rewarding. Gold dredging can also be compared treasure hunting; there could be $1,000 under the next rock.
I’ll give you a little information on the other gold dredge training camp, also located in California but much farther north.
Happy Camp: Dave McCracken held training classes and also out of country real gold dredging training vacation packages out of Happy Camp, California. I’m not sure if Mr. McCracken still is operating training seminars himself, but has his whole life. Dave McCracken worked for Keene Engineering, Inc. for a few years, had books & videos produced and published by Keene and was leaving Keene as I began work for Jerry Keene on a book project. Dave McCracken, an idol if there was ever one to look up to for a professional lifetime gold dredger; ex-Navy Seal too. He went on to form the New 49’er Gold Prospecting Association, Pro-Mack Mining Supplies, Pro-Mack Mining Underwater Specialists, and Pro-Mack Gold Dredges.
Modern Day Gold Camp
The owners of the claim have enjoyed their adventures at the river so much in the past years they have decided to share them with a few hearty individuals.
For those interested in learning to pan for gold, high bank, or suction dredge this is an excellent opportunity.
Your sleeping accommodations and meals are included in your adventure. Use their mining equipment and go home with some gold and everlasting memories.
Wild West Gold Mining Adventures is a full-service adventure company, providing all the equipment and training to support a daily selection of dredging, high banking, or panning for beginners or experienced miners with serious Gold Fever.
All of these methods are common recreational mining techniques that are legal throughout the United States. This is real mining at a working mining camp with real miners.
Wild West is a full time mining experience with a guaranteed result. There are many other activities: picking, bird-watching, fishing, tubing, swimming, relaxing or searching for artifacts in the abandoned mining camps, also available for your full enjoyment of this unique, remote, river experience.
Business was in operation two full seasons; 2004 - 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: BROWNSVILLE, CALIFORNIA MAY 11, 2005
Wild West Gold Mining Adventures, located on the North Yuba River in the heart of the Gold Country, is celebrating its second year of operation at its riverfront camp. Following this winter's heavy rains, the river is assured of new deposits and new mining locations, bringing a much greater potential for avid gold seekers. Last years' experiences brought some fine tuning of the camp's operations and facilities, resulting in greater comfort in the camp and an improved mining experience for its clients. This is located at one of the original sites of early miners of Northeastern Yuba County who had a wild and rugged country to deal with. Carl Wheat, in a note to the DeLong Journals, describes this section as follows: The map of Northeastern Yuba County gives no hint of the wildly broken nature of the terrain. The general contours of the ridges suggest an old plateau slightly tilted to the west, greatly cut away by erosion during recent geological times. The Yuba River and its many branches have cut deeply into this old plateau, its gorges being from five hundred to over a thousand feet in depth. Oregon Creek Canyon, just south of Camptonville, falls away on a grand scale. The "bars" were located along the rivers, with mountains towering up on both sides. This region, now in solitude, was once alive with hard-working miners. It is said that in 1849 and the early 1850's miners along the Yuba River could send a message by word of mouth all the way from Downieville to MarysviUe, so numerous were the camps along the rivers course.
The most famous of the bars along the North Yuba River were Foster's Bar and Bullard's Bar. Early in 1849 William M. Foster, a survivor of the Dormer party tragedy, mined on the west bank of the river between the mouths of Willow and Mill Creeks, where he erected a store. The place soon became so crowded with gold seekers that it was necessary to limit claims to 30 feet in width along the riverbank, although a claim could extend up the hill as far as desired. Foster's Bar cast 1500 votes in 1850 and was known as the roughest and toughest spot on the Yuba.
There were numerous camps above Bullard's Bar and Foster's Bar. Among them was Stoney Bar, where 500 men were working in 1850. Others included Long Bar No2, Oregon Bar, French Bar Pittsburg Bar, Scott's Bar, Rock Island Bar, Missouri Bar No2, Willow Bar, New York Bar, Mississippi Bar, Alabama Bar, Cherokee Bar,, Cut Eye Foster's Bar and Slate Range Bar.
Today there remains no vestige of human habitation on most of these bars. According to information from California Gold Camps, Mormons first worked Slate Range Bar in 1849. Although the gold was found four feet under layers of slate, 60 thousand dollars worth was taken out in the summer of 1849, according to Buffum (p. 106) Borthwick (p.214). Many of the early writers mention the prosperity of the camp: it was "quite a lively town" as the MarysviUe Directory states in 1858. In the 1860's the place ceased to be the center of the numerous camps and mines in the vicinity. There is, however, new life at the old Slate Range Bar. This stretch of the North Fork Yuba has been rnined by modern day miners for the past several years. At present, the owners of the claim work the river gravels each summer with suction dredges, pans and highbankers. They spend the summers enjoying the remoteness and beauty of the area for as long as the weather permits. It's not an easy job getting a comfortable camp set up and all the mining equipment moved in for the summer. The road in is the original mule trail established in the 1800's. You need a four-wheel drive vehicle to get to the river, thus there are no camp trailers or motor homes as accommodations. There are spacious tents and most of the comforts of home. One may even notice a little vegetable garden growing near the river.
The owners of the claim have enjoyed their adventures at the river so much in the past years they have decided to share them with a few hearty individuals. For those interested in learning to pan for gold, highbank, or suction dredge this is an excellent opportunity. Bring your sleeping bag, pillow and personal items and they take care of all the rest. Your sleeping accommodations and meals are included in your adventure. Use their mining equipment and go home with some gold and everlasting memories. Wild West Gold Mining Adventures is a full-service adventure company, providing all the equipment and training to support a daily selection of dredging, high banking, or panning for beginners or experienced clients with serious Gold Fever. All three of these methods are common recreational mining techniques that are legal throughout the United States. Gold dredging is the most productive of these methods. An experienced dredger can typically find one-half to an ounce of gold each day. With gold prices at $ 420 an ounce, this is a hobby that can be very rewarding. Gold dredging can also be compared to treasure hunting; there could be $ 1000 under the next rock. This is real mining at a working mining claim with real miners. Wild West is a full-time mining experience with a guaranteed result. There are many other activities: hiking, bird-watching, fishing, tubing, swimming, relaxing or searching for artifacts in abandoned mining camps, also available for your full enjoyment of this unique, remote, river experience. You can get more information and many photos on their website www, golddredgers.com or call 530-675-XXXX to check on availability and the various packages offered.
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Slate Range Bar Claims -
Yuba County, California
This is the original SAD and Kokopelli claims. It encompasses four quarter mile sections of river claims.
CAMC290610 - CAMC290611
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The web site
Link below will show the web site built for the gold camp.
Great pictures and info on what operated in the past on these claims.
Heavy Metal Mining Co
Contact: Bruce Harris
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This site is owned and operated by Heavy Metal Mining [HMMC], POB 8256, Springfield, MO 65803 USA