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Post Mon. Nov. 26, 2012 7:36 pm

I know enough about geology to know that there are no coal deposits in Maine worth mining, but my Grandfather liked geology and had a collection of stuff at his death in 2001. Having never ventured outside of Maine, he had some strange stuff in his rock collection. One was a big piece of coal, bit coal I would guess, as well as some gold flasks in a vial. I know gold is not as wide spread as it is in New Hampshire, BUT in a stream not far from me, gold was discovered and listed in Maine's gold discovery sites list.

I was just curious if coal was ever found in Maine and in what town? I know in the early 1900's a prospector claimed coal was just under the surface in Northern Maine but we all know that was just a prospecting speculator being a con artist. I know low grade iron ore was discovered at Katadin Ironworks, and I know a variety of other precious metals have been found (and quarried) in the state. I was just curious if the block of coal my grandfather had, might have came from Maine.

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Post Mon. Nov. 26, 2012 7:45 pm

Could be.. There are some small Anthractite depostits here in MA and I don't mean the coal at my house either. At one point there was some plans to mine the Anthracite here and if I remember right they did do some mining. Fat chance with the Enviro Nazi's in control around here of ever seeing a mine open in this State again. OF ANY KIND.

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Post Mon. Nov. 26, 2012 7:52 pm

NoSmoke wrote:I know enough about geology to know that there are no coal deposits in Maine worth mining, but my Grandfather liked geology and had a collection of stuff at his death in 2001. Having never ventured outside of Maine, he had some strange stuff in his rock collection. One was a big piece of coal, bit coal I would guess, as well as some gold flasks in a vial. I know gold is not as wide spread as it is in New Hampshire, BUT in a stream not far from me, gold was discovered and listed in Maine's gold discovery sites list.

I was just curious if coal was ever found in Maine and in what town? I know in the early 1900's a prospector claimed coal was just under the surface in Northern Maine but we all know that was just a prospecting speculator being a con artist. I know low grade iron ore was discovered at Katadin Ironworks, and I know a variety of other precious metals have been found (and quarried) in the state. I was just curious if the block of coal my grandfather had, might have came from Maine.
You may be a coal addict when you are more concerned that you can find coal and not worried about the gold. Repeat after me. "I have a problem, I am addicted to coal" . toothy
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Post Mon. Nov. 26, 2012 7:54 pm

Flyer5 wrote:
NoSmoke wrote:I know enough about geology to know that there are no coal deposits in Maine worth mining, but my Grandfather liked geology and had a collection of stuff at his death in 2001. Having never ventured outside of Maine, he had some strange stuff in his rock collection. One was a big piece of coal, bit coal I would guess, as well as some gold flasks in a vial. I know gold is not as wide spread as it is in New Hampshire, BUT in a stream not far from me, gold was discovered and listed in Maine's gold discovery sites list.

I was just curious if coal was ever found in Maine and in what town? I know in the early 1900's a prospector claimed coal was just under the surface in Northern Maine but we all know that was just a prospecting speculator being a con artist. I know low grade iron ore was discovered at Katadin Ironworks, and I know a variety of other precious metals have been found (and quarried) in the state. I was just curious if the block of coal my grandfather had, might have came from Maine.
You may be a coal addict when you are more concerned that you can find coal and not worried about the gold. Repeat after me. "I have a problem, I am addicted to coal" . toothy
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Post Mon. Nov. 26, 2012 8:23 pm

The gold is kind of funny.

When they did some road construction a mile down the road from me, they made a blasting cut through some rock to take out a hill. That rock was quartz and my Uncle said that type of rock COULD contain gold. In looking at the local maps, gold was discovered in the stream less than a mile away (and down hill) from this area...so it is interesting.

The roads here have changed the water flows some, but there is a nice little stream on us that MAY contain gold, only because of how water might have flowed prior to road building. There is a guy own the road that is into gold panning and even has a sluice. I thought about tapping him to see what is in that stream???

My inlaws are from NH though and my father in law pans for gold there and told me that there has not been a stream in NH that did NOT contain gold. He has a few flakes of it from his panning adventures.

My gold adventure might be in the smelting process. My wife's ex-husband had a rose dipped in 24 carrot gold and gave it to her as a present when their relationship was about done in the hopes of reviving it. We looked into cashing the ugly thing in for cash but they want jewelry and stuff, and not gold dipped flowers I guess. It has a tag on it that says 24 carrot gold, and I told the Mrs, if no cash for gold outfit wants the stupid thing, maybe we should smelt it down and make something from it. It is probably not worth much, but it came from her ex and is ugly as him...but I admit that I am biased when it comes to that. Here is a picture of it to show you what I mean...

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Post Mon. Nov. 26, 2012 8:32 pm

Just a hint, I know for us coal is priceless but to the "normal people" gold is worth more. At $1700/ oz smelt it,might be able to get a new cannon. :D :rambo2:
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Post Tue. Nov. 27, 2012 1:15 am

South East MA to RI coast coal was mined...
Smelt that gold...
Make it into something you both like...
24K is a bit soft so you will get more volume...
when it is made into 14K...
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Post Tue. Nov. 27, 2012 5:57 am

If it's really 24k gold then it's nearly pure gold. 14k is 50%. In this day and age, it could be worth a winters coal. ;)

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Post Tue. Nov. 27, 2012 7:15 am

As I mentioned in an earlier post somewhere, there is coal to your east.

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Post Tue. Nov. 27, 2012 9:34 am

KLook wrote:
Even closer still.

Kevin
Kevin...I'm not 100% sure, but I think all of the coal found in New Brunswick is bituminous coal...do you find that to be accurate?

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Post Tue. Nov. 27, 2012 2:27 pm

Yes it is. The only Anthracite found outside of Ne PA is in a site somewhere in western Canada. There is a huge coal field that comes onto the shores of Nova Scotia and runs NE down and away from land. I don't think the quality is very good but they mined and burned a bunch of it. Even made steel up there.

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Post Tue. Nov. 27, 2012 2:37 pm

Kevin

There are some Anthracite coal deposits in New England.

http://newenglandtowns.org/new-england-coal

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Post Tue. Nov. 27, 2012 2:44 pm

Sorry, I should have said the only anthracite in Canada. But I still didnt know about those mines. Are they all played out today or just inaccessible by todays standards or environmental laws?

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Post Tue. Nov. 27, 2012 2:55 pm

Kevin

I read an article from around 1900 about plans to re-open one of the MA mines. Pretty sure it was a NY Times one at that. The jist was there was lots of coal and more to be found. For whatever reason it never happend. Flash forward 112 years and Hell will have been frozen over for a long long time before any coal will be pulled out of the ground around these parts. Samhill's pals are firmly in control and the looney left will never allow it to happen. :roll:

If I can dig up (no pun intended!) the article I will post it. It was an interesting read. :D
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