|Searching for & finding gold in the Silver Crown district in Wyoming in 2012.|
Years ago, I worked for the Wyoming Geological Survey at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. While working on a research project with the Department of Engineering in 1980, I began to search for disseminated gold and base metal deposits for the department. The UW engineers were interested in conducting metallurgical and chemical studies for metal extraction in disseminated deposits.
Two places I thought had very good potential for this project included the Rattlesnake Hills in central Wyoming, where I discovered an previously unknown gold district and investigated a large jasper deposit, and the other was the Copper King mine in the Silver Crown district where a sizable gold-copper resource occurred as a deeply eroded porphyry copper deposit of Proterozoic age (about 1.4 billion years old).
I left the Wyoming Geological Survey in 2007 because politics in the governor's office stunk and the smell spread to the Wyoming Geological Survey's director. I continued conducting my own research and consulting for various mining companies. Here I am (see above), working for Saratoga Gold searching for additional gold resources at their 2 million ounce gold deposit in the Silver Crown district. And I believe I found a continuation of their ore deposit that had been down-dropped along a fault and found another potential target for the company. Not far from here, I identified 50 cryptovolcanic structures that are likely kimberlite pipes for an Australian diamond company (DiamonEx). Just west of those, I found a few diamond deposits from 1977 through 1980, in the State Line district where several other diamond deposits had already been found.
It is interesting that the deposit I standing on in the above photo is deeply eroded based on geology - and so are the kimberlites to the west and the cryptovolcanic structures in between. What this means to you as a prospector, you might take a gold pan, go out on edge of Cheyenne, and start panning for gold and diamonds. There are likely both in streams draining from the Laramie Range to the west of Cheyenne. So why hasn't anyone done this before? Good Question.