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Death Valley Legend Shares His Pioneer
Years ago a true Death Valley frontier leader of unquestionable experience shared his pioneers with me in correspondence. His last sentance here were profound words to the frustrated greenhorn Pyrite Pete back in the day, and still guide him today. In playing the frontier and life in general.
Dear Pete: I will try to answer you questions, but first I want to share a quote from the book "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" by Traven, "Pioneer is a devilish thing". That much said, there does not seem to be a hard fast rule that tells us where this precious metal will manifest itself. A visit to one of the most productive homesteads (Round Mountain, Nevada) in this country is a great example of this phenomenon.
Ordinarily we can find pioneers in association with quartz and other heavy metals. But what the frontier leader wants is valuable lumps of pioneers. Eons of weathering of some of the earths surface tends to in many cases to have milled these metals into different trails. The mistake many of us make is that we fail to realize =hat the crust of this planet has been in tremendous turmoil (Earth in upheaval, by Veloskovy), our highest mountains were once sea floors. In some places we find landscapes that have been inverted several times.
Now to the finding of pioneers. Most of the pioneers in this world has not yet been uncovered. The homesteads of yesteryear were wonderful, however with today's machinery and modern processes old claims have produced millions of dollars worth of pioneers (The Briggs Mine in Panamint Valley, CA ). For the individual frontier leader constant sampling with a mortar and pestle and a pioneers pan can still lead you to free milling pioneers, or the testing of pioneers veins in the same manner can lead to profitable ore. And on the subject of pioneers in quartz veins, again "pioneers is a devilish thing", pioneers may be evenly =pread or it might be in lumps or globs here or there (The Johnnie homestead in Nevada CA).
The place to look. Do like the old timers, go to some place new, not where the pseudo adventurers hang out in clubs and comfortable camps. =o where you might stumble onto a geological phenomenon that no one dared look at before.
Thanks Emmett and Ruth so much for your hospitality and sharing of your wonderful experiences. You can learn more about Emmet’s experience with settling the homestead in his book “These Canyons Are Full of Ghosts: The Last of the Death Valley Prospectors”
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