Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Definition Of Metal Detecting Frustration

This is me after just 15 minutes of vowing to dig every pull-tab signal from my metal detector, in the hopes of find that elusive gold ring. 

Eldorado Canyon and the Techatticup Gold Mine T

Techatticup Gold Mine near Nelson, NV. just 45 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip
Photo: Russ Balbirona
Note: This is a story I originally wrote for Gold Prospectors Magazine and was published in 2013.

About 45 minutes southwest of Las Vegas, just past the sleepy little community or "ghost town" of present day Nelson, Nev., lies the Techatticup Mine.

"Techatticup" a Paiute term meaning "I'm hungry" was uttered by a Paiute guide as he led the first prospectors to the site of the mine. It is not known if the prospectors ever fed their hungry guide as the exact details were never recorded.
The mine is located in Eldorado Canyon, which has a storied history. Over three millennia, anecdotes, tales and truth have gathered and to this day the echoes of murder, mystery, love and drama still reverberate with in the walls of the lonely canyon, making Eldorado Canyon quite possibly the single most storied area in the entire     wild west.
The ancient Puebloan Indians made it their home some 3000 years past. After the ancients moved on the Paiute and Mojave tribes assumed the rights to call the canyon their home.
Spaniards in search of gold, founded a small settlement in the 1700's and named it Eldorado. The settlement was set at the mouth of the canyon near the Colorado River. The mother lode of gold somehow went unnoticed by the Spaniards. They did find silver though, albeit not in high enough quantities to keep them there. So the Spaniards soon moved on, dragging with them, their dreams of prosperity, leaving only the name, Eldorado.
The canyon was once part of Mexico, but was appropriated by the United States during the Mexican American War in 1847. After its appropriation, the canyon and surrounding area was in the midst of a three way tug of war between New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada. It was part of the New Mexico territory until 1863, when ownership was transferred to the territory of Arizona and finally in 1868 congress bequeathed the area to Nevada. This was to the chagrin of the Arizona residents, which is apparent in J. Ross Brown's book, Resources of the Pacific Slope, 1869 "This part of Arizona has, by a vote of Congress, been set off to the State of Nevada, but its inhabitants protest against the change, and the legislature of Arizona has unanimously memorialized Congress to reconsider its vote." writes Brown.
There are reports of the area being mined when the canyon belonged to Mexico, however other than anecdotal references, there is no proof. So we must fall back on what is known about mining in the area and that is sometime in the 1850's, about 100 years after the Spaniards, Francis X. Aubrey first prospected the canyon noting its potential after spotting flakes of gold in his pan.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review of Rapoo H3050 For Metal Detecting

Rapoo H3050 wireless headset and transmitter


REVIEW

                       $36.69 From Amazon.com

One of the most annoying things about metal detecting can be the "umbilical cord" like tether between machine and detectorist. With the dislike of being tethered to my metal detector coupled with the extremely hot weather here in Nevada I decided to give the Rapoo 2.4 Ghz Wireless headphones a shot.

How Most Metal Detectorist Look On The Day The Ground Thaws

How Most Metal Detectorist Look On The Day The Ground Has Thawed

If you metal detect anywhere that the ground freezes you know this feeling all to well!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Win A Bounty Hunter Tracker IV Metal Detector

Here is your chance to win a bounty Hunter Tracker IV metal detector.

Win this Bounty Hunter Tracker IV Mtal Detector at www.allaboutmetaldetecting.com


You can enter for your chance to win by following this link:

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Once there you have multiple ways to enter. Complete one or all of the following for your chance to win. Each one gives you an extra entry.

1. Tweeting about the contest (this can be done once everyday for even more chances to win)
2. Following this blog via email feed
3. Leaving a comment on any of my blog posts

The contest runs from 8/27/2014 to 09/08/2014 at 7:00 pm pacific.

Good luck!

Metal Detecting Humor When You Know You Picked The Wrong Park To Detect

You came detecting in the wrong park SUCKA!!!

Ever get that feeling that your metal detecting activities are not appreciated? Well this metal detecting humor is for you then!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Metal Detecting Humor and Why My metal Detector Doesn't Have a Charger

Below is the reason why my detector doesn't have a charger like many of the Minelabs...lol I use to think that was a cool feature. Now I realize that it's just another way to keep me out of the dirt on the weekends. Take care and happy treasure hunting everyone!

Two wives conspire to punish their metal detecting husbands.

A Metal Detecting Story (Humor)

How you feel when you see a stranger metal detecting your favorite site.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Treasure Trove of Oldest Silver Counterfeit Coins EVER Found



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A father and son using a Garrett ACE 150 METAL DETECTOR  while treasure hunting in Romania and discovered what could be oldest forged coins in history. The ancient counterfeit coins are worth approximately $150,000.00. US. Dollars.



Paul Croituru, 37, dug up the treasure of 300 forged silver coins worth nearly $150,000.00 - more than ten times what he earns a year as a council worker.



The father and son found 309 coins believed to be worth 500.00 each, as well as 40 fragments of the forged currency. The coins are believed to be the oldest counterfeit coins ever found!

The father and son immediately notified authorities of their amazing find and astonishingly will now lose nearly all of the money because of local treasure hunting rules.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bounty Hunter Metal Detectors Are Compatible With Some Fisher Coils Part II


Hello Bounty Hunter metal detector fans! In my last post I talked about the many Bounty Hunter metal detectors that are compatible with the the Fisher F2 and F4 metal detector coils.

So lets dive right into the Bounty Hunter fun!

Why upgrade your perfectly good Bounty Hunter metal detector to a different coil? 

Bounty Hunter Metal Detectors Are Compatible With Some Fisher Coils Part I


Many Bounty Hunter Metal Detectors are compatible with the older, first generation Fisher Coils. It's a well known fact that Fisher Research Labs, Teknetics and Bounty Hunter metal detectors are all owned and manufactured by First Texas Products.

With that being said, it is no wonder that many of the Bounty Hunter metal detectors can benefit from an upgraded coil from the Fisher brand of metal detectors.

Why upgrade your perfectly good Bounty Hunter metal detector to a different coil? 

There are a couple of answers:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

$10,000.00 Dollars in Silver Found in Wall of Old House




City workers in Florida discovered more than 2,000 silver coins or about 60 pounds of silver coins stuffed in glass pickle jars when they tore apart the walls of a condemned house.

The City workers were knocking down the house in April when they heard the sound of clinking coins, sounding like a Vegas slot machine payout.

That sweat sound was the sound of thousands of hidden silver coins pouring from the crumbling houses walls as the demolition crews tore into the walls with their heavy machinery.