Western Mining Alliance



Web Site Passes 60,000 visitors!

Last summer we passed 60,000 visitors to the web site. We continue to try to update and improve the web site with the goal of adding as much information and as many research tools as we can so you can go out there and find your own claim. If you haven't checked out the maps, they're really good resources for claim hunting. Hopefully you'll pick up your own claim and we'll see ya out there next season. Did you see the pictures of what they're taking out of the Beta Hunt mine in Australia? If not follow the link to the right (the top one). Warning - may cause gold fever. Wow. Maybe one day that will be me, but it's just a whole lot easier to photoshop my face onto that picture and say it's me. That works.


Where's the Gold Rush?

Ever wonder where other people are filing claims? Over the past 12 months there's been over 3,100 mining claims filed in California. That's a lot more than normal, but with the price of gold up - claims up. If you're looking for a place to file a claim it's always good advice to look where others have found gold. In the Motherlode there's been 110 new claims filed in Sierra County, and 95 in Plumas. Down south there's over 2,500 new claims filed in San Bernardino and Imperial counties. The companies which filed the most claims over the past 12 months include Imperial USA Corp, 1005; Castle Mountain Venture, 495; and Puma Gold with 335. The gold rush is definitely on. You can see all the claims by clicking New Filings Map


Truck Stop

Coast to Coast for Gold

Did you ever dream of packing up and heading out west for gold? That's exactly what I've been doing for the past 25 years. Every year I leave Florida in June and don't return until September. I travel Coast to Coast in search of gold and every year is different. Want to do the trip yourself? Follow the articles over the next few months...by reading the Coast to Coast series.


Trying to Get a Permit

The boys down at Murphy's Bar are trying real hard to be legal, but obtaining permits might just be more than they bargained for. After years of being undocumented dredgers in a sanctuary canyon, Bob Flanagan decides to come out of the closet and get a permit. He soon discovers its not so much about clean water as it is about having permits....read more


Dredging for Dummies

Let's be honest. Running a dredge isn't rocket science. It pretty much comes down to sticking a nozzle in the water and sucking up gravel. The first time I put a dredge in the water I had no one to tell me how it went together and I might have skipped a step or two, but I pulled the starter, put the regulator in my mouth...Read More

Gold Finds

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Fire Mappers

Best resource on the internet for tracking fires. It uses thermal imagery from satellites and is updated daily. Covers the entire country.