Gold Found in Upper Dry Fork

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Jan 12, 2010
 
Anyoned panned this place lately. GOLD Gold FE FE Fe Feva
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Jan 12, 2010
 
what ur crazy theres no gold out here
take em all

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Jan 12, 2010
 
why would you call yourself a loser?
Robert E Lee

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Jan 12, 2010
 
Already found it all..
hauled it out in my stagecoach

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Jan 12, 2010
 

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Robert E Lee wrote:
Already found it all..
hauled it out in my stagecoach
I would still enjoy panning for gold sometime. Even if I don't find any I just love being out in the wild blue yonder enjoying nature at it's finest. I would prefer searching somewhere besides Upper Dry Fork though :)
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Jan 14, 2010
 
Don't ask me where because I forgot, but I read somewhere once there were only two states in the United States where gold had never been found, Kentucky and Hawaii.

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Jan 14, 2010
 
Interesting, but I think I've heard the same thing about Kentucky and Hawaii. I'm not sure if that's accurate or not. But simply because none has been found yet doesn't positively mean none will be found in the future. At one time in history gold had never been found in California either.
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Jan 14, 2010
 
Morgan le Fay wrote:
Interesting, but I think I've heard the same thing about Kentucky and Hawaii. I'm not sure if that's accurate or not. But simply because none has been found yet doesn't positively mean none will be found in the future. At one time in history gold had never been found in California either.
Yep but I'm not going to start panning until somebody else finds some first. Give me a holler if you hit the mother lode.
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Jan 16, 2010
 
theres gold in them thar hills
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Jan 18, 2010
 
Lynn Johnson is the gold that used to be in upper dry fork

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LOL, I don't think it was Lynn that Robert E. Lee hauled outta there. But, if it is the Lynn I'm thinking of, he is about as priceless as gold though :)

Now that I'm thinking about it, I'm just sure Lynn has to be on here. Humm, wonder which user name he is lurking behind?

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Mar 3, 2010
 
Longshot wrote:
Don't ask me where because I forgot, but I read somewhere once there were only two states in the United States where gold had never been found, Kentucky and Hawaii.
I have read the same thing but there was an old gold mine on Owsley fork that produced small amounts of gold.and the black sands below Windcave has produced "flour" gold. There is also a story of a large gold nugget found in Mckee in about 1861. A man by the name of Fowler was walking through the muddy street in front of what is now city hall. He kicked what he thought was a rock but because if its weight, stopped and picked it up. It was a very large gold nugget. The belief at the time was that the nugget came from outside the area and was somehow lost, because after extensive searching, no more was ever found. The nugget was supposedly sold in Cincinati in about 1862-63.
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Mar 6, 2010
 
what about silver?
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Mar 6, 2010
 
There is gold on owsley fork but mine fell in years ago

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Mar 7, 2010
 
April wrote:
what about silver?
There are many stories about silver in the Appalachians, too many to mention here. The most famous is the old Cherokee mines found by John swift in the 1700s. I personaly knew an old man who had Silver coins supposedly minted by John Swift that was found at the "Breaks" in the Big Sandy river.I saw the assay report and it tested 91.3 percent silver. There was a silver bar found in the bottom above Flat Lick falls in the early 1800s that was connected to John swift. There have been silver arrow heads found,most notably, one on Pine mountain and the other in the Beattyville area which was embedded in what was thought to be the remains of a rib cage. Over the years I have collected hundreds of stories from all across Eastern Ky. and East Tennessee. Many of them are about silver, most connected to the Cherokee, a few to the Shawnee and Creek, but mainly the Cherokee. There is a vein of lead in the hill above Laurel Fork creek that I have visited many times. There is usually small amounts of silver where there is a lead vein. I have seen Silver in all forms, claimed to have come from this region, but could never verify the sources, but not too many people are willing to give up that type of information and who can blame them. Like I have said before, There is so much rich history, stories and legends in this part of Appalachia that most don't realize. I have spent years researching and writing down those stories.
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Nov 12, 2010
 
spoken for matters qutoing for
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Nov 14, 2010
 
I found gold on the creek. Someone lost a ring in it and I picked it up.

There are trace amounts of gold in all creeks ... most of it is fine dust like placer gold and is usually trapped in gravel bars pretty deep.

It is not worth the cost of commercial mining operations as there is far too little to warrant the cost.

If you are ambitious, willing to work your rump off you could get small amounts of it in nearly any gravel bar, but for the effort I will pass.

You could get lucky and actually hit a big deposit of it, but odds are it would be less than a thimble full.

North Carolina does have Gold nuggets but that is a different type of mountain/hill structure.

The Indians would know how to find the gold in the creeks by looking for the "smoking" earth just about sun rise ... something in these deposits cause the moisture to steam or fog when the rest of the deposits will not....

Silver and lead do co-exist and there is probably more silver than gold. Silver and gold are often together as well and silver is the most common impurity in raw gold. Copper can be found in and near gold deposits as well.

To find silver here -- stories say the Indians had it, but you know, it was mostly the Cherokee and the silver probably came from North Carolina/Tennessee and the Tennessee/Georgia area.

There is one case of the Shawnee having a mine in Ohio somewhere near Cincinnati. It was never found although chunks of ore are occasionally found.

Georgia is the most likely source of Indian Gold, as the Spanish mined it and I have found a few of the crucibles they melted it down in made of Steatite stone over the years -- but no gold.

Get a REALLY GOOD detector and you might save yourself some digging...

Have fun and get rich...
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Apr 19, 2011
 
hit it big last month!!!!
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Jul 27, 2011
 
My grandfather found a gold nugget in a creek in Ky. It tested 99%. He never found the vein though.
As for silver, a silver tomahawk was plowed up on my father's farm in the 40's. It was sold for $300 dollars. A lot of money at that time. An old indian used to come through and stay at my greatgrand father's house in Ky. He rode a horse with a silver briddle and saddle trimed in silver. He mined it in the county my grandfather lived in. People tried to follow him for years, but he'd disappear on one hill and reappear on another several hours later, and they never found the mine. He offered to show my great grandfather where it was on his last trip, but grandfather was afraid and wouldn't go. Why we don't know because the old indian stayed with him everytime he came. This is a true story! So there is silver in Kentucky, and probably some gold too! No one knows were to find it though!

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Jul 27, 2011
 
Morgan le Fay wrote:
Interesting, but I think I've heard the same thing about Kentucky and Hawaii. I'm not sure if that's accurate or not. But simply because none has been found yet doesn't positively mean none will be found in the future. At one time in history gold had never been found in California either.
Viewing Morgan's profile made me think of this...

Glastonbury Thorn Chopped Down

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/de...

Too bad someone wasn't hugging that tree!

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