July 6, 2022 

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A typical underground “face”. Holes drilled near the center of the face to break are called the BURN CUT. This is a closely spaced group of boreholes drilled parallel to the direction of advance.

The cut is the most important part of the blast. The cut is broken and moved out to create a void. The remainder of the holes in the round cannot break effectively unless the cut is completely moved out from the face. This creates the void to allow for expansion and movement from the remaining holes. The boreholes that surround the BURN are sequenced to fire later and break to this newly created opening.


Unidentified people on skis in Alleghany in front of the H.L. Johnson home. Date unknown. Courtesy of Underground Gold Miners Museum


Our president?- photo by Pico van Houtryve during interview for The Union newspaper.


Gold and Quartz Sphere - Photo by Pico van Houtryve


Miners Dave Hill and Joe Witterman prepare to blast. Friday January 23, 2004


16 To 1 crew after finding 150 ounces of gold. January 16, 2004


Our display at the Shasta County Gem Society Show October 18th and 19th 2003.


Current crew - photo taken October 10, 2003 - Left to Right: Roy Stai, Larry & Melissa Cates, Ian Haley, Dave Cates, David & Rae Bell Arbogast, Michael Miller,


Ian Haley (right) and John Studebaker in front of high-grade sacked in February 2003. It's a $100,000 round....one shift above the Ballroom.


Consulting Geologist Raymond Wittkopp taking a water sample from the recently installed prototype passive arsenic removal plant. Photo by Mike Clark


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