Archive for the ‘Idaho Gold History’ Category

One Man’s Trash: A Discarded Gold Mine!

There could be literally billions of dollars tossed away in the tailing’s of our forefathers gold mining operations. You see, the old-timer’s had no interest in much of anything except for the gold or silver they were looking for at the time; completely disregarded other now highly sought after minerals.

Many of these sites, located on federally owned land stand to be a potential windfall for Uncle Sam.  ”Uncle Sam could be sitting on a gold mine,” said Larry Meinert, director of the mineral resource program for the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia.

Revisiting the past could be a boon for our country and a step towards more self-sufficiency as currently most of these rare earth minerals are imported from other places. Currently there is only one U.S. mine producing rare earths— at Mountain Pass in the Southern California desert.

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IDAHO: Do You Want to Find GOLD?!

We here at Idaho Gold and Gem Outfitters are EXCITED to begin offering specialized educational courses for today’s modern recreational miner here in Idaho! Whether you want to just learn how to pan like a pro or are interested in learning about running some of the more fun equipment like suction dredges and high bankers we have something for you!!

Right now we are still gathering contacts of those who are interested in order to form our class schedules, but places are filling up fast! You can contact us online using link to the right for PROSPECTOR TRAINING or download and mail in your application from here: SIGN UP!

It’s Idaho GOLD Prospecting Season!


Winter time is definitely over here in the great state of Idaho and Summer is in full swing! The sun is warm and the rivers are cool and there is no better time to get out into the wilds of Idaho in search of Gold and Gems! Winter time can be tough on us old prospectors but the lure of that yella metal gold is always a’callin and at long last the time has come for outings and getting out to the diggin’s all around the great Gem State!

We’ve already been out on a number of trips and thanks to a wet Spring we were able to see where the river flows at high flood stage, and how quickly that water came down to normal levels. This is key information in learning where gold is pocketing itself up on any body of water. The gem and mineral prospects this season are good as well – we’ve already found a number of sweet sweet spots to go rock hounding and to go in search of that hidden motherlode of gold in Idaho that never has been found!

Do YOU want to find more gold and gems in Idaho? You’ve come to the right place! We can help you find out more about the history of mining in Idaho, help you learn where to look for gold and gems, and even teach you some of the best methods for recovering that elusive yellow metal! It’s not secret, Idaho is RICH with gold and mining history, and much like they say: Gold is where you find it! And it doesn’t hurt to know folks like us who already know where to look!