Exploring A Huge Old North Carolina Gold Mine Operation

Exploring A Huge Old North Carolina Gold Mine Operation

Out and about exploring a pre-Civil War era gold mining operation deep in the mountains of North Carolina is on tap for tonight. Please join me, Matt and Thomas as we set out on a reconnaissance of the huge property to determine the best approach to explore and try to learn more about the property in the few days that we have to explore. This is the first of a series of videos where we investigate the property by metal detecting old homesites, prospect for gold, metal detect the mining operations and even attempt to open up some of the old mine shafts.

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Exploring A Huge Old North Carolina Gold Mine Operation

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50 Comments

  1. Joyce Thompson on October 25, 2022 at 8:56 am

    More gold from NC than ever came out of California..only a century earlier!

  2. WESTERN NY BIGFOOT on October 25, 2022 at 8:58 am

    ๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿ‘ฃ๐Ÿ‘ฃ

  3. Backwoods Barbie on October 25, 2022 at 8:59 am

    Your in my backyard!! Some of them holes are 300+ deep! I’ve found lots of gold dust here not lucky enough for a nugget but all well I will keep trying!! Love the video!

  4. Ty H on October 25, 2022 at 8:59 am

    quartZ is worth something right? why wouldnt they be loading it up if theres that much of it

  5. Scott T on October 25, 2022 at 9:00 am

    Hey man thank you for the video I enjoyed it and get down in those caves that’s what I really want to see

  6. Deez Nuts on October 25, 2022 at 9:02 am

    I bet there is seng and mushrooms in them there woods

  7. Gaye Yount on October 25, 2022 at 9:02 am

    You should go to Hidnitte NC there is an old diamond mine there. Very interesting place.

  8. Ira Fowler Jr. on October 25, 2022 at 9:02 am

    i really enjoy, thanks

  9. adveNZures on October 25, 2022 at 9:03 am

    Awesome job. Stay safe everyone. Take care.

  10. Slim WantedMan on October 25, 2022 at 9:04 am

    Good morning from Southeast South Dakota

  11. North Georgia Cavers on October 25, 2022 at 9:06 am

    You would love the mines where I’m from,only a few are big enough for a vehicle but plenty of other smaller ones to see

  12. LBurhenn on October 25, 2022 at 9:09 am

    Looks like Uwharrie. I see a lot of that up in those mountains.

  13. BRAD HARTIS on October 25, 2022 at 9:11 am

    Nice video! I live in Waxhaw NC close to howie mine. Where is this video taken?

  14. Free2 on October 25, 2022 at 9:14 am

    Chigg fall go boom! Lol

  15. Princess Consuela on October 25, 2022 at 9:14 am

    Classic NC accent!! Love it!

  16. Who Me on October 25, 2022 at 9:17 am

    I got some land in the same areas and there is Gold and I got a war sit but you don’t reply

  17. Tina Roberts on October 25, 2022 at 9:19 am

    That dude talks way too fast to be from the South!!!!!

  18. Marilyn Dison on October 25, 2022 at 9:22 am

    Walcott my home. NC

  19. Spider F5 on October 25, 2022 at 9:23 am

    Very intriguing area for sure Chigg!!! I look forward to watching the videos from this adventure. I thought i had a country(backwoods) accent but this guy most definitely has me beat.
    F5

  20. Blackmon Farms on October 25, 2022 at 9:23 am

    I live in NC, about 45 minutes east of Raleigh in Johnston County. I’m about 5 minutes from Bentonville Battlefield.

  21. edward mckenzie on October 25, 2022 at 9:24 am

    I know why you are there before the leaves come out. The Timber rattlers are huge!

  22. Chet on October 25, 2022 at 9:26 am

    Prime area to use Lidar , use a magnetometer find hot spots.

  23. greg patz on October 25, 2022 at 9:27 am

    Canโ€™t wait to start picking morels here in pa nice video guy really knows the history there

  24. Bruce Horncastle on October 25, 2022 at 9:28 am

    I would like to know what mining property this is: I have snooped through a lot of them over time there in NC. By the way, I own 400 acres of valuable gold mining property in the Concord NC area.

  25. ๐Ÿ–• I'll SAY THEFUCK I WANT๐Ÿ–• on October 25, 2022 at 9:29 am

    No muti IQ PSH….UNREAL

  26. Ralph on October 25, 2022 at 9:31 am

    3rd Herd

  27. TheEquineFencer on October 25, 2022 at 9:32 am

    My guess, you were near the old Argo or Portis mines. Argo would be my first guess. There used to be a RR track that ran from there over to around Cooper Road. Tim has opened up the place around the corner from the Old Portis Mine that’s also opened to prospecting. Both have gold.

  28. Irate Puffin on October 25, 2022 at 9:32 am

    Iโ€™d so love to be running around those woods! Hearing a guy with a NC accent makes me think of home. Iโ€™ve mostly traded mine for a Texan one but I get it back when I hear someone else with it.

  29. Roger Dempsey on October 25, 2022 at 9:35 am

    ๐Ÿ‘ Well I’m ready get Dagon so we can find some good stuff today

  30. Henry S on October 25, 2022 at 9:35 am

    Lookee!

  31. DONALD ROBBINS on October 25, 2022 at 9:37 am

    love prospecting always looking for new area. Great video and nice to see some NC people finding gold and relicts

  32. vickie campbell on October 25, 2022 at 9:37 am

    It was a great trip, Chigg๐Ÿ˜‰

  33. Thomas D on October 25, 2022 at 9:38 am

    agree with you there, those Morel mushrooms look tempting

  34. Postal Patriot556 on October 25, 2022 at 9:38 am

    Where is that in nc? It looks like the area I grew up in more than it does the mountains.

  35. Ryan Leonhardt on October 25, 2022 at 9:40 am

    Bacon quartz very cool

  36. Andy Grice on October 25, 2022 at 9:40 am

    You was down around my old stomping grounds.

  37. carmine redd on October 25, 2022 at 9:43 am

    where is the graphite ? somewhere around Boone , but I forgot where _ This is an old native made piece of graphite that Ken Tankersley said came from NCย  but I forgot the place ย https://prnt.sc/oms3v9ย  ย it isn’t an arrowhead but is much rarer especially since it was found associated with white mako shark teeth , Hopewell era

  38. David Alverson on October 25, 2022 at 9:43 am

    Tried to wat h but audio not so good i hear you fine but the other guy not so much get better mic please

  39. Brad Stoner on October 25, 2022 at 9:45 am

    I’m gonna guess that this is in the Uwharrie Mountain region of North Carolina? The Uwharries are an ancient chain of volcanic mountains in central NC that covers approx. 50,000 acres of land in Montgomery, Randolph and Davidson Counties. The images in this video resemble the area as the peaks although steep in some areas barely exceed 1,000′ in elevation. Geologist say that millions of years ago that the Uwharries were many thousands of feet high but erosion and other factors left them as mostly large hills today. They are distinctive though as you see them off in the distance. The Uwharries were home to some of the earliest gold deposits in the US. After gold was discovered in nearby Cabarrus County at the Reed property in 1799, people began looking the surrounding area, mainly the creeks for what is known as "placer mining". As the easy surface gold became harder to find large investors formed mining companies ti dig for gold which was found to be locked in with the white quartz veins that dot the area. The first lode deposit mined in the state was at the Barringer Mine in adjacent Stanly County, NC. Montgomery County where most of the Uwharrie National Forest lies had several famous mines such as the Russel, Coggins, Saunders to name a few. I once stumbled across an old unnamed prospect while hiking there and there was an old German ore bucket still sitting onto a pile of ore beside a vertical shaft. Other minerals are also found in the Uwharries such as beautiful quartz crystals usually clear or milky but on rare occasions, smoky to amethyst tinted, pyrite, anatase, pyrophyllite, hematite, minor silver and copper minerals to name a few. There are several very nice campgrounds that the state manages that charge fees to camp some primitive with nothing but a bare spot maybe a porta-potty, fire pit and table but a couple others with very nice bath houses complete with showers, etc. Anyone who loves the outdoors and rockhounding certainly should visit this area.

  40. Shawn l on October 25, 2022 at 9:46 am

    Ohio.love

  41. lindy952 on October 25, 2022 at 9:46 am

    One of your best…thks

  42. Michael Brunner on October 25, 2022 at 9:47 am

    Awesome place to check out,love the history of places like that.

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  44. leann lewis on October 25, 2022 at 9:48 am

    Stay Healthy

  45. Bruce Crouch on October 25, 2022 at 9:49 am

    Awesome video ! Really enjoyed it.

  46. Weserberglandsondler on October 25, 2022 at 9:49 am

    I really like your videos! But aren’t you afraid of Bigfoot?
    Here in Germany, I am safe! The only paranormal creatures in the forests here are other metal detectorists, but in the U.S. Bigfoot really is something to worry about!!

  47. Eli Hernandez on October 25, 2022 at 9:49 am

    I have a cave for you to explore in Lebanon PA needs digging

  48. Dennis Whittaker on October 25, 2022 at 9:52 am

    Don’t reappear down that mine shaft Mr chiggs ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ‘

  49. steven majewski on October 25, 2022 at 9:52 am

    that turned into a mushroom hunting vid real quick… ๐Ÿ˜€

  50. Tina Butler on October 25, 2022 at 9:52 am

    I call NC home!!!

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