Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Prospectors find largest Black Hills Gold Nugget in 120 years!

Rapid City Journal report Holly Meyer Journal staff | Posted: Monday, September 13, 2010 8:00 pm.

Holly Meyer writes:

"A bright yellow glimmer caught Charlie "Digger Chuck" Ward's eye as he panned. His eyes had fooled him in the past, so he reached in the pan to feel the weight of the clump. Ward handed it to his prospecting partner, Byron Janis, and asked "Is this what I think it is?"

The 2-¼ inch by 1-1/2 inch by 1 inch rock was exactly what Ward thought it was: GOLD!

It turned out to be the largest undisputed gold nugget found in the Black Hills in the past 120 years. (A larger nugget has been found, but its authenticity has been called into question).

"We were really excited," Ward said. "We could hardly stay in our skin."

On Thursday, the public will have a chance to see the nugget up close during its unveiling at the popular attraction The Journey Museum in Rapid City.

Ward and his partner, who call themselves the "Ice Box Mining Company," sold the precious nugget for an undisclosed amount to Chris Johnson, owner of the Clock Shop in downtown Rapid City, which often buys gold from prospectors.

The prospectors would not reveal where they found it but said it is within 20 miles of Rapid City on a dry site Ward and Janis have worked at for about eight months. The two take their diggings from the dry site and then take it to a stream to separate any gold."

Select on the following for Holly's complete article : Rapid City Journal


September 17, 2010

Hi Dick,

I just wanted to say how interesting your site continues to be!

Great article about the gold nugget!..... Makes me want to move back to the
Black Hills and start panning for gold!!

Also the
Journey Museum......I did not know about it. When I go back, one of these days, that is definitely one of the places I will visit.

The article about the flash flood in Deadwood was really something to watch....hard to imagine that happening...but being able to see it happening in the video you posted....it was really incredible!!

I also enjoy listening to Eric Clapton's
San Francisco Bay Blues. Great job, Dick, thanks again!!



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