What Craig Colt has to say about these claims in Southern Oregon.
My name is Craig Colt. I have been a professional gold dredger
for most of my adult life. I worked in Alaska for many years.
But I have spent the last several years mining along mostly the
Klamath River and its tributaries in Northern California where
the weather is warmer.
My whole life is about gold mining. When I am not dredging or
building mining equipment, I spend my time reading geology books
and reading about mining history. I have read a lot about the
mining history of Southern Oregon, especially of Josephine
County, because that's just on the other side of the mountain
from where I am doing most of my own prospecting.
Since I am not located very far away from the area, Jason Inks
asked me to go over and have a close look at six mining claims
that he is about to put up for auction in Josephine County,
Oregon. I went over there with a buddy in mid-January (2008). We
managed to get onto each of the claims, even though some of them
were above the existing snow line (we are having plenty of snow
this winter down to 1,000 feet!)
fact, we got the truck stuck in snow on one of the claims, and
would have had to walk out if we had not brought tire chains
Josephine County historically has been one of the richest placer
gold bearing areas in the State of Oregon. In fact, it is an
awful lot like our side of the mountain in Siskiyou County
(California), with the same extensive gold deposits eroding off
each side. There are old workings and mines scattered all over
the place! You can see them on the maps.
The thing is that the old-timers did not have the technology
available to allow them access to the bottom of the waterways in
places where bedrock walls did not allow wing-dam mining. They
had other limits, too. So a lot of gold was left behind.
Major flood storms which have occurred since the old-timers were
around have since redeposited a lot of the gold they missed into
the existing waterways, which makes for good high-banking,
dredging and electronic prospecting. Some of the creek-bottom
deposits remain in place, entirely virgin of any other mining
activity; millions of years of natural erosion and
concentration. The potential for fantastic success is
Since I was doing this for Jason, I took it upon myself to speak
with a close friend who specializes in mining claim acquisition
in Southern Oregon. In looking up the areas where each of these
mining claims is located, it became immediately clear that the
entire waterways are claimed from top to bottom. This does not
happen unless people are recovering a lot of gold from those
waterways! So these have got to be some pretty good claims.
One of the things my buddy and I noticed right off is that there
are substantial signs of earlier mining activity by the
Old-timers up and down these waterways. That's always a great
sign. Because most of the gold we find these days are from the
newly-deposited pay-streaks in the very same places where the
Old-timers did well!
These creek claims are in beautiful country. The scenery is
breathtaking. My images don't do it justice, because they were
taken just after a snow storm. Sorry about that. It's the best I
could do in the winter.
Anyway, my take is that every one of these claims is just the
right type of place for beginners and perhaps less-experienced
prospectors to get started and build up some experience in a
gold-bearing location that might not be too hard to mine. It's
nice to be able to get on bedrock without having to dig or
dredge very deep! Experienced miners might do really well on
Camping is close to the mining on each of the claims, so you
don't have to go very far. That's always nice.
Those are some really valuable claims! I wish I had them for
myself when I was just getting started!
Craig Colt Underwater Mining Specialist
For more information please
contact Jason Inks .