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FROM THE EDITOR:   My 38th issue !  Fall is just around the corner---where did the summer go ?  Jeez !  Before too long I'll be shoveling snow from the driveway.  But---I plan on making the MOST of the remaining few nice weeks we have left here in Utah.  Once the snow flies, I'll have to keep busy with out-of-state trips & organizing my huge inventory of treasure magazines.  I hope all of you are enjoying this great hobby of ours !

 

WORLD'S LARGEST FREE HUNT !!

For details, go to http://www.wwats.org/  and click on FREE HUNT.

 

THE ARMCHAIR TREASURE HUNT

http://www.treasureclub.net/

 

STATE BY STATE GOLD COUNTIES

http://gotgoldfever.com/states.html

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA TREASURE

http://www.losttreasure.com/latestissue/8-2004/featuredstory.cfm

 

MINERALS-N-MORE

http://www.minerals-n-more.com/

 

THE AMBER ROOM ( Seeking "INVESTORS" )

http://www.amberroom.org/index-english.htm

 

NEVADA TOWNS, TRAINS & TRAILS

http://www.offroadexperience.com/?wcb/towns.htm

 

ANCIENT NAVIGATION GLYPHS

http://www.waterglyphs.org/homepage.htm

 

THE CHATEAU SILVER

http://www.newsmedianews.com/silver.htm

 

U.S. HISTORICAL MAPS

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/histus.html

 

UNDERWATER METAL DETECTORS

http://www.jwfishers.com/menu.htm

 

 QUEST 4 TREASURE

http://www.quest4treasure.co.uk/

 

EDITOR'S NOTE:  The following 8 links were submitted by HERB KEISTER of Utah:

 

ART OF THE GOLD RUSH

http://www.museumca.org/goldrush/art.html

 

LOST MINES

http://www.azhiddentreasures.com/ar06000.htm

 

THE TREASURE CHRONICLE

http://www.garren.net/treasurechronicle/index.html

 

SWEDE'S TREASURE PHOTOS

http://www.angelfire.com/wa/pic/

 

THE TRAIL THROUGH NEVADA

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/trailofthe49ers/trail.htm

 

SOUTH DAKOTA BLACK HILLS

http://www.rapidweb.com/quinn/Bhhist.html

 

THE MINING CAMPS

http://malakoff.com/goldcountry/campmap.htm

 

GOLD, GREED & GENOCIDE

http://www.moles.org/ProjectUnderground/motherlode/gold/env.html

 

ANOTHER EDITOR'S NOTE:  The following two links submissions were contributed by Randy "JESSE JAMES" Sumpter. 

 

C.S.A. COIN PAGE

http://www.csacurrency.com/csacoin/

 

PIRATES:  FACT & LEGEND

Captain Kidd:   http://www.bio.umass.edu/biology/conn.river/kidd.html

Maurycy Beniowski:  http://www.piratesinfo.com/biography/biography.php?article_id=30

Francis Drake:  http://www.piratesinfo.com/biography/biography.php?article_id=32

Samuel Bellamy:  http://www.piratesinfo.com/biography/biography.php?article_id=28

MAP LINKS

Links submitted by DANIEL KARRER

 

http://topozone.com/

http://terraserver.microsoft.com/

http://www.trails.com/explore/subscription_offer.asp?Source=GGL&oc=GGL

http://www.globexplorer.com/

http://mapserver.maptech.com/homepage/index.cfm

http://evlweb.eecs.uic.edu/pape/vrml/etopo

http://historical.maptech.com/

http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/EART/

http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/histopo/

http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/seg/topo/state.shtml

http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/states.html

TREASURE MAGAZINES FOR SALE

Hello !!  I have several thousand duplicate magazines I am selling.   LOTS of great information and stories----great for winter reading !  Below is my list.  They are first come--first serve.  Some issues may be SOLD before you respond---so inquire as to their availability, before sending any money.  I have DUPLICATES of some issues and I will send you the BEST copy of your required issues.  Only about 10 percent of these issues are MINT.  Most are classified as READING Copies.  A LOT of these mags have labels, tags, graffiti,rips, etc.  If you are wanting VERY CLEAN copies---let me know & I'll let you know the condition of your requested magazines, before you buy them.  PRICES:  $1.50 per magazine.  $1.25 per magazine on orders of ten to 50 magazines.  $1.00 per magazine on orders over 50 magazines.  YOU pay the postage.  You decide the way you want them sent.  Pay for the magazines up-front and when you get your package---send me the postage expense.  These magazines range up through 1994.  I am looking to fill my LOST TREASURE and WESTERN AND EASTERN TREASURES collections from 1995-2004, so if you have THESE magazines to "trade" ---we can do an EVEN swap ?

 

Act FAST---as I think these magazines will go FAST !  THANKS !!

FLOYD MANN
FRMPINK@AOL.COM
LostTreasureUSA1@AOL.COM
AKGCKNIGHT@AOL.COM
www.LostTreasureUSA.com
www.KnightsOfTheGoldenCircle-KGC.com

FLOYD MANN
3751 MARKET
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT  84119
(801)-969-3243
 
MAGAZINES FOR SALE
 
TRUE WEST:   10/61,12/61,4/62,6/62,6/63,12/63,2/64,4/64,10/64,2/65,6/65,8/66,2/67,4/67,10/67,12/67,4/69,10/69,4/70,6/70,8/70,10/70,4/71,8/71,
                                12/71,2/72,4/72,6/72,12/72,6/73,10/73,12/73,4/74,8/74,10/74,12/74,6/75,10/75,12/75-(2), 2/76,4/76,6/76,8/76,12/76,2/77,4/77,6/77,
                                10/77,12/77,2/78,6/78,8/78,10/78,4/79,10/79,6/80,8/80,10/80,2/81,6/81,2/83,5/83,11/83,1/84,5/84,5/85,9/85,11/85
 
GOLD MINER AND TREASURE HUNTER:   12/90,8/91,10/91
 
GOLD AND TREASURE HUNTER:   2/94,8/95,12/95,4/96,5/96,8/96,10/96,12/96,2/97,6/97,12/97,6/98,12/98,4/99
 
GOLD:   Summer 1971 (2), Bi-Annual 1971 Vol.3 #2, Spring 1972, Summer 1974 (2), Fall 1974, Spring 1975 (2), Summer 1975 
 
GOLD PROSPECTORS:   2/86,5/94,9/94,1/95,3/95 (2),7/95,9/95,11/95,1/96,3/96 (3),5/96 (2),7/96 (2),9/96,11/96 (2),3/97,5/97 (2),7/97,5/03,
                                                      7/03,11/03,1/04
 
AUSTRALIAN GOLD, GEM & TREASURE:   11/90,1/91,2/91,1/95,2/95,3/95,4/95,5/95,6/95,8/95,9/95,10/95,11/95,12/95,1/96,2/96,
                                                                                            3/96,4/96,5/96 (2),6/96,7/96,8/96,9/96,10/96,11/96,12/96 (2), ALL issues of 1997, 3/98,
                                                                                            11/98,9/99,12/99,1/00,11/00,12/00,
                                                                                            1-11/01,1/02,2/02,4/02,5/02,8/02,9/02,10/02,11/02,12/02,1-7/03,9/03
 
MOST of THESE Issues have one or more treasure-related stories in them:
 
TREASURE QUEST:   Spring 1993
 
WESTERNER:   Jan.-Feb., 1972
 
TREASURE HUNTING:  October, 1977
 
OLD TIMERS WILD WEST:  4/78
 
WILD WEST:   10/90
 
FRONTIER TIMES:   11/69,5/73,3/78
 
OLD WEST:   Spring 1966, Fall 1970, Summer 1972, Spring 1978 (2)
 
REAL WEST:   1/69,5/70,6/70,9/70,11/70,1/71
 
TRUE:   4/57, 6/65, 3/66, 10/66 (2)
 
ARGOSY:   9/58,3/59 (2), 5/59, 1/64, 1/65, 2/65, 3/65, 4/65, 6/65, 9/65, 1/66, 6/66, 8/66, 12/66, 7/67, 8/67, 11/67, 3/68, 6/68, 8/68, 6/73 
 
SILVER & GOLD:   1982 (4), 1983 (3), 1985, 1995
 
WESTERN TREASURES:   5/67, 10/68, 1/69, 3/69, 5/69, 7/69 (2), 11/69, 6/70, 8/70, 2/72 (2), 4/72, 10/72, 12/72, 4/73, 6/73, 8/73, 12/73 (2), 
                                                         2/74, 4/74 (2), 6/74 (2), 8/74 (2), 10/74 (2), 2/75 (2), 6/75 (2), 8/75, 4/76, 8/76 
 
TREASURE TRAILS:   Spring 1973, Summer 1973, Fall 1973, Winter 1973, Spring 1974, Summer 1974 
 
TREASURE SEARCH/FOUND:  1/90, 3/90, 5/90, 6/90 
 
WORLD OF TREASURES:   4/81, 6/81, 8/81 (2), 10/82, 12/82,6/83 (2), 8/83 (2), 10/83 (2), 12/83 (2) 
 
TREASURE FOUND:   Vol.1 #1 Winter 1975, Vol.2--2, 3 (2), 4 (2), Vol.3--1,2,3,4, Vol.4--2,4, Vol.5--1,3, Vol.6--1 (2), 2 (2), 3 (2), 4 (2), 
                                                Vol.7--1 (2), 2 (2), 3 (2), 4, Vol.8--1,2,3,4, Vol.9--1 (2), 2,3 (2), 4, Vol.10--1,2 (2), 3, 4 (2), Vol.11--1 (2), 4, Vol.12--
                                                1,2,3,4 (2), Vol.13--1 (2),3 (2), 4 (2), Vol.14--2 (3), 3, 4 (2), Vol.15--1, 2 (2), 3, 4 (2), Vol.16--1,2,3 (2), 4 (2), Vol.17--
                                                1,4, Vol.18-- 1, 2 (2) 
 
TREASURE WORLD:   11/69, 1/70, 3/70, 5/70, 7/70 (4), 9/70, 11/70 (2), 1/71 (2), 3/71, 5/71 (3), 7/71, 9/71 (2), 11/71 (2), 1/72 (5), 3/72 (3), 
                                                 5/72 (3), 7/72 (3), 9/72 (5), 11/72 (5), 1/73 (4), 3/73 (4), 5/73 (2), 7/73 (3), 9/73 (3), 11/73 (5), 1/74 (3), 3/74 (5), 5/74 (4), 
                                                 7/74 (5), 9/74 (5), 11/74 (4), 1/75 (6), 3/75 (5), 5/75 (3), 7/75 (5), 9/75 (5), 11/75 (6) 
 
TRUE TREASURE:   Winter 1966 ( Vol. 1 #2 ), 6/68 (2), 8/68, 10/68, 12/68 (3), 2/69 (3), 4/69, 6/69 (2), 8/69, 10/69, 12/69, 2/70 (3), 4/70 (3), 
                                            6/70 (3), 8/70 (3), 10/70 (5), 12/70 (4), 2/71, 4/71, 6/71, 8/71 (2), 10/71, 12/71, 2/72 (4), 4/72 (3), 6/72 (7), 8/72 (6), 10/72 (4),
                                            12/72 (5), 2/73 (3), 4/73 (4), 6/73 (7), 8/73 (4), 10/73 (4), 12/73 (5), 2/74 (3), 4/74 (5), 6/74 (4), 8/74 (5), 10/74 (6), 12/74 (5),
                                            2/75 (6), 4/75 (5), 6/75 (5), 8/75 (5), 10/75 (5) 
 
TREASURE SEARCH:   Fall 1973 ( Vol. 1 #2 ), 2/74, 4/74 (3), 6/74 (2), 8/74 (2), 10/74 (3), 12/74 (4), 2/75 (3), 4/75 (3), 6/75 (3), 8/75 (4),
                                                  10/75 (2), 12/75, 2/76, 4/76, 6/76 (2), 8/76, 10/76, 12/76, 2/77, 4/77, 6/77, 10/77, 12/77, 2/78, 4/78, 6/78, 8/78, 10/78,  
                                                   12/78, 2/79, 4/79, 6/79, 8/79, 10/79, 12/79 (2), 2/80, 4/80 (2), 6/80, 8/80, 10/80, 12/80, 2/81 (2), 4/81 (2), 6/81, 8/81, 
                                                   10/81 (11), 12/81 (2), 2/82 (3), 4/82 (3), 6/82 (2), 8/82, 10/82 (3), 12/82 (3), 2/83 (3), 4/83 (2), 6/83, 8/83 (2), 10/83 (2), 
                                                   12/83 (4), 2/84 (3), 4/84 (3), 6/84, 8/84, 10/84, 12/84 (3), 2/85 (3), 4/85 (2), 6/85 (2), 8/85 (3), 10/85, 12/85 (4), 2/86 (2), 
                                                   4/86, 6/86, 8/86 (2), 10/86 (2), 12/86, 4/87, 6/87 (2), 8/87 (2), 10/87 (2), 12/87, 2/88 (2), 4/88, 6/88 (2), 8/88 (2), 
                                                   10/88 (2), 12/88 (3), 2/89 (3), 4/89 (8), 6/89 (2), 8/89 (4), 10/89 (3), 12/89 (3) 
 
TREASURE:   About 200 between 1970 & 1994.  Many duplicates. Ask for what you need & I'll check to see if I have it. 
 
LOST TREASURE:     About 150 between 1975 & 1994.  Many duplicates.  Ask for what you need.
 
WESTERN AND EASTERN TREASURES:  About 225 between 1986 & 1994.  Many Duplicates.  ASK !
 
 
 
THANKS !!     

THIEVES CAUGHT !

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. -- The secrets of a prehistoric village that once stood in Decatur County may remain locked away forever after thousands of ancient axes, arrowheads and other primitive tools were dug up and carted away.

Three southern Indiana men have been arrested in the case after conservation officers, following a tip, found the men digging with shovels, picks and garden hoes, said Steve Reinholt, a state Department of Natural Resources field officer.

Investigators found thousands of artifacts in the men's homes worth potentially tens of thousands of dollars, DNR officials said.

The looting is especially significant because once a site is disturbed, it's extremely difficult for archeologists to conduct a scientific survey.

"This is just like robbing an Egyptian tomb," Reinholt said.

DNR officials said Franklin P. Everman, 59, of North Vernon, and Carl Haas, 55, and Robin Sturdivant, 40, both of Westport, were arrested Aug. 17 on a preliminary charge of disturbing the ground in search of artifacts. The charge is a Class A misdemeanor and carries a penalty of up to one year in jail.

If the artifacts include human remains, the penalty is stiffer -- a Class D felony. That could mean up to 18 months in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Everman and Sturdivant could not be reached for comment Monday. Haas declined comment except to say "they are blowing this out of proportion."

In Indiana, it is illegal for anyone to conduct archeological digs without the permission of the DNR. Anyone who discovers artifacts must report their findings to the agency within two days.

Investigators say the men conducted digs in at least two places. Authorities did not divulge the locations.

The men apparently had collected the artifacts for years and kept them throughout their homes. State officials on Monday showed reporters many of the items they had seized.

Investigators have not turned up any evidence that the men were trying to sell the artifacts, but similar items often sell for hundreds of dollars on the Internet. Authorities said they did not know the exact value of the men's collections.

A stone ax found in one of the men's homes is worth about $1,000, said James Mohow, a DNR archeologist. Others axes found are worth between $200 and $300, he said.

No formal charges have been filed in the case, but the men remain suspects in the investigation, Decatur County Prosecutor William Smith said. Smith would not say why he has not authorized charges.

Following a tip, conservation officers found the men digging. They were wearing backpacks and had brought food and water so they could spend the day searching for artifacts, he said.

The suspects, who are friends, told authorities that they had gone to multiple sites for years to search for the artifacts, Reinholt said.

Investigators would not divulge where they arrested the men or where else they collected the artifacts because they feared others would attempt to loot the sites if they disclosed the locations.

DNR officers said that in addition to the boxes of stone artifacts, they found bone fragments that appear to be human during their search of the men's homes.

Authorities confiscated part of a wall from one residence that had a map of the county. Pinpointed on the map were locations where authorities believe the men thought there were artifacts.

The digging likely has ruined any chance to prove the artifacts are remnants of a Native American village scientists believe once was in Decatur County, Mohow said.

Digging has done "extraordinary damage," he said.

Looting cases are rare in Indiana. But Mohow said those who pursue the artifacts can go to great lengths to obtain them.

"I have seen where they come out at night in fatigues and use flashlights," he said. "Some (collectors) hire people to collect the items for them."

The case in Decatur County is a great loss for science, said Colleen Boyd, an anthropology professor at Ball State University.

Looting ancient, undiscovered Indian burial grounds and other sites is a lucrative black-market nationwide, Boyd said.

American Indians frequently buried a dead person's belongings with their body, Boyd said.

Many of the items end up for sale on the Internet. A search of an Internet auction site Monday found Indiana artifacts selling for as much as $142 each.

Many people want to collect burial remains and artifacts because "Indian remains have been mystified," Boyd said. "A lot of people feel they are spiritual."

Call Star reporter Fred Kelly at (317) 444-6491.

Treasure Hunter's Secret Manual

THE GOLDEN AGE OF PIRACY

BY

RANDY "JESSE JAMES" SUMPTER

     Ahoy, it's time for another issue and this issue will deal with pirate's along the coastline of Connecticut and Delaware.

     Get on board, I've got a few unsavory characters ready to walk the gangplank and steady yourself for we are about to embark on another voyage into the fabulous realm of secret hidding places and dark characters we all know as pirate's.

CONNECTICUT:

 HARTFORD COUNTY.....

     Captain Kidd was a smart pirate and in the late 1600's, Kidd anchored his ship off Oyster Bay on Long Island and then sailed tot he mouth of the Connecticut River and continued upstream. Near the present day town of Wethersfield. At Tyron's Landing, Kidd went ashore and selected a hillside where he buried 2 chests of gold, silver and jewels. He marked the area well and went about his business. Kidd never returned back to the area but he did tell his friend and lawyer James Emmot about the location. After Kidd's death, Emmot searched for the hillside and found many markers but was unable to locate the cache.

WINDHAM COUNTY:

     Blackbeard buried a large treasure near Brooklyn.

FAIRFIELD COUNTY:

      Goose Island was a haven for pirate's for many years and much has already been found. The Island is located off the coast at Norwalk. Captain Kidd and Blackbeard were two major pirate's that buried large caches of gold, silver and jewels during their reign.

     Another hot spot is Sheffield Island off Norwalk.

     Pilot Island off Norwalk is where Captain Kidd buried $400,000. A pirate chest filled with with gold was found on Pilot Island in the sand dunes but this is only a small portion of the others still there.

     Lesser known pirate's cached some loot on the outer beach on Long Island Sound near Fairfield. Most of these caches are chests filled with gold and silver.

      One of the best stories of pirate loot concerns a large ironbound chest being buried in the sand at Stratford Point in 1699. This chest was never found and a man while fishing witnessed the burial but was too afraid to reveal the location in fear of the pirate's coming back and killing him.

DELAWARE PIRATE TREASURES:

NEW CASTLE COUNTY:

     New Castle is the area where many stories of lost pirate treasure is secreted away. Pirates of Madagascar decent buried two large chests near New Castle in 1699. The first one was hidden in a well somewhere near the site of the old town jail. The second one was hidden near Taylor's Bridge.

     Blackbeard buried a treasure on the banks of Blackbird Creek near the town of Blackbird.

KENT COUNTY:

     The pirates Captain Kidd and Blackbeard buried treasures at Woodland Beach, 7 miles from Smyrna.

     Bombay Hook, an island, is the location for Captain Kidd's $400,000 treasure of gold, silver plate and ingots.

     James Gilliam, a pirate and a member of Kidd's crew, buried a chest on Kelly Island in Delaware Bay. This one is near a large rock. Kidd also buried chests near this rock.

SUSSEX COUNTY:

     Cape Henlopen is the site for many old stories of pirate loot. This is one hot spot that might be worth investigating. Blackbeard, Kidd and others hid treasures in this area and some have been found back in the late 1800's.

     Around Cape Henlopen, Lewes, Rehoboth and Dewey Beach was once areas where pirates based their operations out of. Many gold and silver coins have been found in these areas not only from small caches left behind by some crews but also from the numerous shipwrecks along these coastlines. One man even boasted he had found over 1,000 coins in a single day after a storm hit the area. Much is to be gained by looking.

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That's about it for this issue and I wish each- much luck in any search you may decide to do. Until next time, just let them know ole Jesse told you so.

Jesse James 

ALONG THE GOLDEN TRAIL

BY

RANDY "JESSE JAMES" SUMPTER

     Here it is, time for another issue of lost treasure and devious characters who hid them.  In this issue, I'm going to spread out the range a bit to include some other caches put down by outlaws, confederates and other savory groups in order to help you find some loot and live the kind of life you've envisioned over the years. By the way, let me know your finds and keep me informed of your searches. Maybe I can lend you a hand on some of these secret locations.

     One reader sent me an email and asked me to put my address in upcoming issues. Well, here it is, tsumpter9066@charter.net and email me with your questions or comments. Please stick only to the stories posted here and not other places we have not covered yet. I'll only answer those emails that deal directly with those stories published here.

                   TEXAS LOOT

     Texas is a big state so what I'm about to do here is focus on certain areas that might prove to be productive to those who like to search.

     Albert Pike, Jesse & Frank James, Willian Clarke Quantrill, Sam Bass and others were known to pass through Texas in early days. The Spanish made many expeditions intot he Lone Star state in quest of gold and silver. Pirates used the soutehrn portions as headquarters and burial grounds where many caches are located. The mexican Army under the leadership of Santa Anna is even connected to some buried loot. The legendary Knights of the Golden Circle placed down many caches and a few so-called depositories. All in all, this state has many good spots for an avid treasure hunter to pursue.

      A large cache of treasure is buried is buried along the old Buda road to the North of San Marcos.  A rich cattle dealer buried a wooden box and a crock jar full of gold coins about 15 miles SW of San Antonio. A cache of treasure is buried in a cave near the old San Antonio Road crossing on the Brazos River West of Bryan.

     A detachment of Mexican soldiers buried 5 mule loads of silver worth $200,000 Northwest of Katy near a large black granite rock in an area where there are few rocks. (should be easy to find) Pirates stuffed an old cannon with gold and hid it in a marsh North of Houston.  2 Confederate cannons filled with gold coins were buried during the Civil War near the junction of Bray and Buffalo Bayous in Houston. White Oak Bayou is also another spot where some Mexican paychests are buried.

GREGG COUNTY TEXAS:

     In 1874, a wagon train left Tucson with $3 million in gold bullion. Near the area of Willow Springs, the wagon train was attacked and everyone was killed.  An old Indian claimed to know where the spot was where the gold was buried and actually showed a couple of cow-hands. The men were killed along with the Indian from other Indians in that area.

DALLAS COUNTY LOOT:

     Sam Bass and Jesse James shared an old farm located in North Dallas at Schnault Springs at the base of Flag Pole Hill. Much legends surround this area of buried loot and some coins have been found over the years.

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      During and after the Civil War, many Confederates migrated to Texas and set up homesteads. It was also during this time the famous Knights of the Golden Circle were operating freely in the state. Many rumors have persisted over the years about the KGC building underground depositories and tunnels in certain places of safety where they stored massive amounts of gold and weapons. Albert Pike, the famous Mason visited many Texas locations during his travels and it was reported he was checking in on these locations to make sure everything was in place. Jesse James and William Quantrill even buried millions near the Three River area which has not been located. The old south had a very good stronghold in place and there are even rumors that a large depository near San Antonio has been looted over the years. All in all, legend, rumor and fact play into the bloody past of Texas and maybe someday more will come to light about this state and those who hid caches of loot and those who are now in search of it.

Jesse James

ANCIENT MASK AND OLYMPIC RING FOUND

Link Submitted By Several Contributors

http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s1182822.htm

 

U.S. FOREST SERVICE THREATENS GOLD DREDGER WITH ARREST

Info Submitted By LARRY ARMSTRONG

On the first of September this year, federal law officers from the U.S. Forest Service Orleans District in Humbolt County, California issued Terry & Joanne McClure a citation for using a 4-inch dredge on their mining claim along the lower Salmon River in Siskiyou County, California. The McClures have a 2004 California suction dredge permit which allows suction dredging on that section of the Salmon River through the 15th of September.

Suction Dredging has been an ongoing mining practice along the Salmon River every season for at least the past 30 years. The activity is approved and regulated by the State of California. Suction dredging is being acknowledged as a “non-significant surface disturbance” by each of the other District Rangers who manage the areas where we operate in the Klamath National Forest. Suction dredging was even classified as a “non-significant impact” by the previous Ranger from the Orleans District, who retired in April of this year. In fact, he approved suction dredging as a “non-significant” activity within the Orleans District for the 2004 dredging season before he retired.

But the new Acting Ranger in Orleans, Joyce Thompson, has since decided that any suction dredging or high-banking activity within her district is “likely to cause significant surface disturbance.” She is prohibiting all dredging or high-banking activity along the lower Salmon River unless the miner submits to a very lengthy process that will take a year or (much) longer to approve.

When issuing the citation, the law officers threatened that if the McClures did not immediately stop dredging and remove all of their dredging equipment from their mining claim, they would be arrested and all their gear (including their vehicle) would be impounded.

This flies in the face of controlling case law by the 9th Circuit (1999, U.S v. Shumway) that confirmed a mining claim is “property in the fullest sense of the word…”and that the locator of a mining claim “could not be evicted unless their claim was a sham or otherwise invalid…” In Shumway, the 9th Circuit clearly ruled that the Forest Service has a right “to manage surface resources and allow others to use surface resources, though these uses shall be such as not to endanger or materially interfere with prospecting, mining or processing operations or uses reasonably incident thereto.” “…the Forest Service may regulate use of National Forest lands by holders of unpatented mining claims, but only to the extent that the regulations are reasonable and do not impermissibly encroach on legitimate uses incident to mining…”

Understandably, with the only other option of being thrown in jail and having most of their belongings seized by the federal government, the McClures withdrew from their mining claim. They said that the four federal law officers did not leave until all of their dredging equipment was packed up the hillside (2 ½ hours for the McClures to do it while the law officers stood by and watched) and packed in their vehicle.

I hope everyone reading this can grasp the seriousness of this; the McClures were forced off their own mining claim under threat of being arrested by the U.S. Forest Service!

We have seen this situation brewing for several months. In anticipation, we began accepting donations for a legal defense fund several months ago. While the initial drive produced encouraging results, donations have since fallen off, and we are not in a very strong position to help the McClures through this difficult ordeal.

We are continuing to request a donation of $10 or more from every prospector who can help. Please send what you can. Please make out your check to: The New 49’ers, Legal Fund. If your donation reaches us on or before 18 September, we are issuing a single raffle ticket for every dollar that is donated to a legal fund-raising drawing. The grand prize for the drawing consists of an incredible ceramic coffee set (6-piece setting) that I shipped back from Thailand this past winter. The set is inlaid with pure gold; and believe me, it is truly beautiful.

Steve and Kathy of American Prospector in Medford Oregon (541 282-0900) also have worked out something with Tesoro and Whites Electronics to donate two more prizes to our fund-raiser: (1) Tesoro Eldorado metal detector, and; (2) Whites Prism-4 metal detector.

But I want to remind you that this is not about a prize drawing. This is about unreasonable, heavy-handed regulation by a district ranger who clearly has personal convictions against mining; enough that she is willing to go against the laws created by congress that require her to support and encourage mineral development on the public lands.

There is a good opportunity here to challenge unreasonable over-regulation by this district ranger. Just as Lex & Waggener challenged the improper actions of the USFS several years ago and pushed them back, the McClures have a very good opportunity to push back unreasonable USFS policies on the Orlean’s District.

This is also not only about the McClure’s. It is about all of our rights, and it is about the future of how we will be managed by the USFS.

I cannot go into all the reasons why this case is so important in this newsletter. Trust me; there is a lot at stake here, and the situation opens a great opportunity for all miners in the west who have mining claims on USFS lands.

But it takes money to secure the services of good lawyers!

Please send in donations now. Whatever you can spare. We will use them to help the McClures hire just the right attorneys represent them (and therefore, all miners) in this case. The clock is ticking in the litigation. Please do not delay!

The New 49’ers Legal Fund
P.O. Box 47, Happy Camp, CA 96039

Best wishes to everyone,

Dave McCracken
General Manager, New 49’er Prospecting Association

 

CONCLUSION

That should keep you busy for awhile !   I'll be back with issue # 39 on October 1st !

 

DEDICATION

THANKS to TARA !!  ( my wife ).  Without her help and moral support---you would not be reading this !

 

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