What Dale Carnagey has to say about these
this is Dale Carnagey. I am a rock hound and a prospector. I
have been a gold dredger and a member of the New 49'ers for
several years. I spend a lot of my time in Siskiyou County each
year prospecting and dredging. Those who know me, know that I
enjoy the prospecting as much or more than I do the actual mining.
Because of this, Jason Inks has asked me to make a few
observations about the claims he has for sale.
I have spent a lot of time prospecting over the Klamath River. I have read a
lot of the local mining history and have talked with other
miners about this area. I can tell you that these claims Jason
has available right now are on some of the best ground in
This stretch of the lower Klamath is very rich! I have read a very early
report on mining in the area that told of one of the first
panning operations near Orleans. Those miners were panning, yes
panning, eleven ounces of gold per day per man! Later on, an
amazing amount of
hydraulic mining was done along these stretches of river and thousands of
ounces of gold were recovered from the benches during these
operations. If you walk these claims today you will see huge
piles of rocks that were moved during that early
production. To the best of my knowledge there was very little
mining, if any, of the actual river bottom in these canyon areas.
The bench deposits were so rich and the technical problems to
divert the river were so great that they didn't bother with the
river channel. Even
when the big bucket line dredges were operating they did not
dredge the Klamath upriver of the town of Orleans. I have
a friend who no longer lives in the area, who was one of the
very first suction dredgers on the Klamath River. From what I
have learned from him, I believe this section of the Klamath has
never been dredged with modern methods! In all my years in the
area, I have never seen any suction dredges on this stretch of
the Klamath River. If I had the chance you can bet I would jump
to get my dredge in there!
Some of these lower Klamath claims are very long claims.
There are also some great shorter claims. Long claims like this present a great opportunity for modern
dredgers. The lower Klamath, upriver of Orleans, is very
winding. There are many bends and natural
riffles for high-grade gold deposits to form behind. The
highbanking is incredible in this area as well. I know of people
(friends of Craig Colt) who were highbanking up to three ounces
of gold per day on one of these claims! Any one of these claims
would keep me in good gold for the rest of my life!
hard-packed streambed material is
left in place on the benches can be a bonanza for
modern highbanking. All the major storms in the hundred or so
years since the hydraulic mining days, have washed gold into the
river to form rich deposits. I know because I have dredged in
them on the Klamath and have recovered some of the most beautiful
nuggets I have ever seen. The incredible amount of flood gold in
the Klamath River forms into deposits in some places that can be
recovered year after year in the same spot. I have seen virgin
material sitting on bedrock in places where the oldtimers in their haste
had piled their cobbles on top of good pay dirt. This virgin
material is waiting to be mined.
All in all I would have to say that these are some of the best
available claims anywhere.
Dale Carnagey Prospector/Dredger
For more information please
contact Jason Inks .