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A Pioneer in Gold Prospecting with a Metal Detector

I well remember when I first began gold prospecting Lynx Creek in Prescott, Arizona and its surrounding areas. I was 27 years old and living in Mesa Arizona. On the way to and from my "honey hole" I would pass through Prescott Valley and JW’s Prospecting Supplies, owned by Harry Hardin. I remember stopping my first time to show off my small gold flake finds to Harry. I was new at the game and proud of everything I found. As I walked through the door, I noticed many other elderly gentleman gathered at a table he had in the store. You might call this table the "bragging" table. It's real name was "the friendship table".

At that table set some of the early breed of prospectors that used the metal detector for gold prospecting when that method for recovering gold was first tried. Many of those interesting gentlemen became my very best friends and taught me so much. Some have passed on to those streets paved with gold and some are still with us today.

As I showed Harry my gold finds, I noticed a grin on his face as he put a hand on my shoulder. He said son, "You did good, but let me show you something here." He pulled out this black brief case and opened it up, and low and behold, you should have seen those large nice looking nuggets he had found. I looked up at him and said, "Man you are really lucky or good at this." He laughed and said, "All those nuggets were found with that metal detector over there."

Harry became my good friend from that day forward and I took his advice and used the metal detecting method of gold recovery with great success.

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Sunny evening in Monument Valley. Arizona.