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Thread #59418   Message #3386260
Posted By: Rapparee
04-Aug-12 - 10:31 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
The Legend Of The Lost Silver Mine

It was back around 1840, or so the old timers say. Three men were kinda quiet about what they were doing out in the hills, but they seemed to have money. At least, they'd leave town and come back with money. Solid, good money, not notes from some bank that could fold up any minute. They were good folks, and one day they packed up and left town, never to be seen again.

Nobody really knew their names, but that was to be expected at that time and place. Sometimes it was better not to inquire to deeply into someone's past or present.

Word finally sort of drifted back to town that the three men were mining silver. They'd melt it out of the ore and take the raw silver to the city and exchange it at the banks for dollars. The farmers of the area doubted it, and eventually it passed into legend and even then was nearly forgotten.
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Our friend Niles heard about it from an OLD old-timer and he told my brother. Both of them being retired gentlemen (and slightly just this side of totally nuts) they collected some likely-looking rocks. My brother gave half of one and some blue-tinted stuff that appeared to be sandstone to his oldest daughter (who works in a water testing lab) for a quick field test with nitric acid.

The blue-tinted stuff came up as...just an odd colored sandstone. The other, however, seemed to include silver!

So the other half of the likely chunk was sent off for a fire assay. The results are back: 0.003 troy ounces GOLD per ton of rock and 0.004 troy ounces of silver. Seems like the legend may have had some truth to it!

Obviously I haven't told you the location. I will say that it's somewhere in Illinois (!!) in a belt 200 miles wide that stretches from Quincy to Danville.

I don't want to be the cause of The Great Central Illinois Gold Rush Of 2012.

(Note too that the lowest currently profitable level of gold ore per ton of rock is 0.025 in Kern County, California. That's just a teeny bit more than the assay results my brother has!)