This is a photo from the first hole we started digging in at the gold mine. You can see the different layers in the gravel very well. The almost black layer seems to have a large quantity of gold in it. Other locations that has deposits of gold are found are in the clay layer and in the fractured slate(bedrock). This hole was dug completely by hand, we used a Keene High banker to process the dirt from this hole and we pulled 3/4 of an ounce out of here.
This is how we started out. The first picture was our first piece of home built equipment for the mine. It worked well, my wife and mother-in-law are working the equipment in that picture. This little unit is how we found the first little glory hole that inspired us to upgrade to a larger KEENE HI-Banker(Second Picture), which worked out very well, we went from shovels full to 5 gallon buckets full. Then to Kubota buckets, and hopefully next year we will be loading dirt with the 480D Backhoe.