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This is the first trailer of a series we are going to do...basically mini commercials.  I am open to suggestions and ideas.  This is an actual hunt south of the Overland Park, KS area.  The site was once an old farmstead.  Due to all of the iron tools and scrap, I am guessing they did wood and/or metal working here.  There is an old well on the site and we have begun cleaning  it out for future excavation.  Scrap Iron also found an 1870 3-cent piece!  An awesome find!  In a previous video, I found an old double barreled side-by-side shotgun at this site...we are certain there are more good finds to come!

On this hunt my friend Tim Yeaglin (www.TimYeaglin.com) photographer gone videographer is experimenting with his newest business venture, aerial imagery from a quadcopter with a camera mount.  Absolutely stunning views!  Looking forward to more cool sites to hunt and get some good video.

 

In my Olathe, Kansas back yard we are processing some more of the decomposing granite material.  We are using a home made sluice sometimes knows as a Henry Henry or Poop Tube.  Essentially it is just a half piece of solid train tile with a small area sprinkler head and a wood base that is pre-adjusted to the proper pitch.  This one is 4 feet long and provides a lot of riffles to catch fine gold.  It works off of a relatively small pump and little water.

It is funny, we sell a lot of high-tech equipment on our website but we always get a kick out of using this contraption!

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Gold prospecting in Kansas.  More back yard prospecting from High Plains Prospectors.

Tom Massie always says, "Gold is where you find it." Well, this little experiement proves it. When you have gold fever, you are always thinking about gold and and how to find it. The more you think about it the more you want to learn about it (how it works, where it comes from, etc.). The more you learn, the more alert you are to opportunities to find it. Hence you get better at finding it and you find more. In our most recent video we show how the serious prospector can find gold anywhere...even places gold is scarce. You just have to get creative. Because of the creativity and the fact I was really just testing this material, this is one of my favorite moments prospecting so far...plus, getting the material is pretty darn easy!
 
I stumbled across this decomposing granite material that can be purchased as some of the higher end landscaping and gardening shops.
 
It is used for walkways and patios generally in conjunction with some sort of paver or edging stone. I am not sure exactly the location of the original source, but I found it less than a mile from my house in Kansas. I spent an hour or so panning a small container of it to see if there was any gold in it. Lo and behold...there was some gold in it. Maybe not enough to be commercially feasible, but this is sure cheaper then buying salted and seeded pay-dirt. Plus, I was really finding gold that nobody else has ever seen! That is when you feel the true exhilaration of prospecting.

 What a cool way to find gold. I will most likely use it for my back patio, but now I have to run all the material first! Who knows, maybe I can pull enough out of the material for my patio to help pay for it! What a fun hobby! As soon as I get the video up on YouTube, I will embed it here!

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Rich Hill Arizona Gold Prospecting Day 2-Part 1
Day two of our prospecting trip began at the crack of dawn.  We were headed to the claim which would serve as our home for the next two nights.  The claims we would be visiting belonged to Frontier Gold Prospecting out of Congress, Arizona.  We were following Bob, and he was on a mission to get there and get things set up for us so we could start prospecting.  The roads were rough, but ole' Scrap Iron kept up just fine.
The terrain  was rough getting to the claim, but the set up they had was pretty darn slick and it was in a perfect location.  Located in the valley of a dry stream bed, it provided both morning and evening shade and always seemed to have a steady breeze blowing through.  They had set up a heavy metal canopy which provided a frame to strap tarps to so we could avoid the scorching dessert sun as it crossed the sky.
Since it was still early and relatively cool, we would set up camp, go poke around with our metal detectors for a bit, and then go over to another private claim they owned which was a proven gold producer.  Once we got camp set up, we headed up the hill to swing the sticks.
Although mostly dessert, Arizona has some beautiful country.  We were in a little higher elevation and getting up into the mountains.   Flora, fauna, and all types of geologic marvels were all around us.  Quartz veins, like this small one and some much, much, larger, were everywhere. 
Travis was hunting with a Fisher Gold Bug 2 that day and I was using my trusty Garrett AT Pro.  Unlike back in Kansas, we were hunting for gold instead of coins, jewelry, and relics.  So we did not use any discrimination settings since small pieces of gold could show up as a very low reading and a larger nugget may result a higher reading, plus there was very little trash to contend with, and we wanted to hear everything.  And we dug everything.
We only spent an hour or so detecting since we wanted to go do some digging before it got too hot.  So, we loaded up and headed over to the claim code named "The Quartz Vein" to dig.  They have pulled a fair amount of gold from this claim, and Bob felt they were just now getting into the pay layers.  When we got out of the car you could definitely tell there had been some mining done around here.  There were yards upon yards of tailing piles neatly stacked up.  This day, we would be digging into a hole which Bob felt had a very good chance of yielding gold if we could just get to the right layer.  Since there was no plan of operation filed on this claim, we were limited to using hand tools here.  So the digging began in search of the elusive pay layer.
After digging and classifying for a few hours the temperature began to climb.  We had loaded about 13 buckets of classified material before deciding to head back into the shade to run it on a re-circulating sluice and see if we were on the gold. 
After only running one bucket of classified material, we fund several small flakes and a LOT of very, very, fine gold also known as "Flour" gold.  This was only one bucket and it was from before we finally hit the red pay layer.  We were excited to run the rest of the material and see what we had.  Stay tuned to the second half of Rich Hill Gold Prospecting Day 2 for the rest of this prosperous day. 
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This Standing Liberty silver quarter is missing a date, but appears to be an early 20's based upon a couple factors.  A pretty good find Scrap Iron!  This is a re-post due to my obvious lack of coin knowledge...I thought it was a Walking Liberty half-dollar and was corrected by Scrap Iron that I had posted it wrong....sorry for the confusion!

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Metal detecting historic property with the Garrett AT Pro and finding treasure! This property was once known as the Old Wallace Homestead and used to be owned by a very successful farmer by the name of J.K. Wallace, a pioneer and Civial war veteran. Wallace enlisted in the Army before he was 17 years old and served in Company B, Sixth Regiment, Kansas Calvary. While on this property Wallace was actively involved in the "border wars" of Bleeding Kansas battles between Missouri ruffians and the homestead was destroyed two times during this period but the logs were not damaged and it was finally rebuilt 3 miles from its original location. The property was 160 at one time but has been split many time since. The Pet Ranch property however is the piece of land where the homestead was located.

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As a group of treasure hunters from the flatlands, we have to get creative finding treasure.  Whether it is gold, old coins, or old relics, if it is considered treasure, we will hunt for it.  Although we live in an area almost void of gold, and we typically relic hunt, or shoot for jewelry and coins, prospecting is still one of our favorite treasure hunting activities...it's the ultimate treasure. We do get out periodically in the surrounding states to search for gold.  But since we are based in Kansas, rich gold-bearing earth is not really in abundance.  In fact, the largest piece of gold I have personally seen pulled out of the ground in this area is this piece called the "Little Kansas Picker" found in Northeastern Kansas.  It was a relatively flat piece measuring in at about 5mm long.  It is the first "picker" sized piece I have ever seen in Kansas.  The fellow prospector that found this said it took him quite a while to find it and it is the largest he has seen around here as well.  The largest piece I have found in this region is this large flake only about 45 minutes north of Kansas City. On the trip in this video, we decided to focus our efforts in Arizona.  Arizona has produced over 16 million troy ounces of gold and is ranked among the top states for gold production.  After doing a little research we decided to dial down to the Rich Hill area near Congress which has a famous gold prospecting and its mining history.  Located within the Weaver mining district, the area is well known for its "Potato Patch" area where gold was once so plentiful it is said you could once pick up gold nuggets the size of potatoes on the bare surface of the ground.  We arrived on Thursday afternoon and got checked into a nice little motel called the Sierra Vista Inn, located in Congress it is well maintained of and highly recommended.  We would stay here the first night and get ready for the rest of our adventure which would take place out in the rugged desert.  Prospecting methods and techniques can vary greatly from one location to another.  Although we have access to a ton of Arizona mining claims through the Gold Prospectors Association of, and we would certainly visit some, we thought it would be best to spend at least a day or two with the pros to learn how to prospect this particular area.  Our guide was Bob from Frontier Prospecting in Congress, AZ.  Bob and the owner Mel have been prospecting in the area for ¬¬several years.  Bob volunteers his time to helping people find gold and together they have several private mining claims which they have the exclusive right to mine for gold.  They do this as well lease the claim out and give lessons on mining and metal detecting.  After speaking to a few different outfitters we chose Frontier for their personalities, professionalism, and the fact they have properties that have turned out some pretty darn good nuggets!  We only had a few hours of daylight (since Arizonans don't recognize daylight savings time).  So, we decided to cruise over to the GPAA claim named "Lucky Linda", which had gained some notoriety as the place where the famous "Tongue Nugget" was found.  This long tongue shaped nugget weighed in around 2 pounds!  On our way we stopped into the Lost Dutchman's Miners Association camp (which is the sister organization of the Gold Prospectors Association).  We visited a moment with the caretaker, double checked our route to Lucky Linda, and headed on down the road to find some gold.  After only a short distance further, it was quite clear that this area was truly a gold producing area of the country.  There were some serious mining operations set up.  There were bulldozers, enormous excavators, and even water retention pits being set up to run full-scale mining operations.  There were also small prospecting camps scattered along the hillsides for the weekend-warriors or hobby prospectors.  It was really an eye opening experience to how integral mining has always been to this area. Once we arrived and found an area a little ways into the claim we geared up and started swingin' the sticks splitting up to cover a wider area.   We were hunting with our Garrett AT Pros that evening.  This machine is typically used for relic hunting, coin shooting, or jewelry hunting where as the AT Gold

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I received a call from a gentleman in the military stationed at Fort Leavenworth, KS at around 2pm.  At first I was not sure it would be worth my time.  To start with, I don't think the U.S. Government (especially the military) appreciates people digging around on their land.  I had to contact the base's public relations officer who in turn called the military police.  Since it was an isolated incident and it was to recover a lost personal item, they would allow me in.   So, off to Leavenworth I went....the deal?  $100 cash if I found the ring.  $20 for gas and time if not.  Fortunately he knew approximately where he lost it.  Although he and his group as well as his wife had thoroughly gridded the area throughout the day, they had no luck finding it.  He found us as he was looking to rent a detector.  Then he decided to have the pros do the work.  Which in many cases is the way to go since there is a huge learning curve when it comes to metal etecting.

On the way I had an epiphany...this was the oldest settlement in the State of Kansas and I would be metal detecting on it.  Too bad I was not able to dig for relics...this was official business.

When I arrived we went directly to the PT field.  He showed me an area about 50 yards by 75 yards where he had been training.  I detected for about an hour and a half before I found it.  He was extremely appreciative and lived up to his end of the bargain.  It made my day to have helped someone find a sentimental piece and it wasn't too bad of pay for a few hours of my evening...which were previously dedicated to metal detecting anyway!

 

 

On this trip we were hunting a beside a stream feeding into a very small  local park in Olathe, KS.  I did a little research and found that this was from child actor Wesley Barry (circa 1930's).  I am not sure what the token is or what it is worth (if anything).  I also have know idea what the purpose of the thrift club was...I assume to save money.  We found a couple other tokens and will show those on future episodes.  Subscribe to our channel "Highplainsprospector" to see more cool finds!

Don't forget to check out our blog for more updated prospecting and treasure hunting information! www.highplainsprospectors.com/blog This is our property located in Olathe, KS. We operate a canine facility and this area, which is an old farmstead, now serves at a members only dog park. It is adjacent to the old Santa Fe Trail. We have been metal detecting it for a couple years. We have found a LOT of garbage, which slows down our hunt a little. But occasionally we find some really cool relics. In other videos I will post on our channel later, we have found silver coins, several tokens, an old solid brass saddle stirrup, rings, and other things. Not too much valuable stuff, but some neat relics. On this hunt we found a couple rings and tokens, but this is a really neat ring which is a promotional piece from Quaker Cereal promoting a 1935 movie "Devil Dogs" starring James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, and Margaret Lindsay. It was based off a famous WWI battle of Belleau Woods. The Germans called the U.S. Marines "Teufelshunde," which means "Hounds from hell." The term "Devil Dogs," was then adopted by the Marine Corps. as a nickname for Marines. The old movie trailer for Devil Dogs can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwviFampAmk&feature=colike. At this point we have a lot of the large shallow junk out of the way (cans and scraps) we will go back over the property again and dig the deeper signals that sound good. Subscribe to our channel "Highplainsprospector" to see more videos!Don't forget to check out our blog for more updated prospecting and treasure hunting information! www.highplainsprospectors.com/blog Prospecting buddies Travis & Josh hit the road and drive north of Kansas City to find yellow gold! After driving the majority of the day to finally find a good quality location rich in quarts deposited from glaciers many years ago. Using a sluice box, gold pan, hand suction dredge, and the good ole' pick and shovel, they manage to eek out a couple very fine gold flakes. Although they only found a few small flakes it is always fun getting out to search for it!Don't forget to check out our blog for more updated prospecting and treasure hunting information! www.highplainsprospectors.com/blog Metal detecting enthusiast Travis Bauer finds a small stash of silver coins and one mysterious key. This coin cache was located at the base of a large old tree near an old farm house. The house is located in a small historical city in Kansas with a lot of history. This find was made with a Garrett AT Pro and was dug up at about 6" deep. It was found after only about 30 minutes of hunting. The market value of the silver and coins was approximately $80...but, of course, it will most likely never be sold. The property was owned by the young man's granfather and we shared some of the treasure with him for his efforts. Some research shows that the key went to an old chest style travel case. The location of the case is still a mystery...but we will continue to search the property in a recovery attempt. This metal detector can be purchase online at www.HighPlainsProspectors.com.

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