Category Archives: Working for Newmont

Flying in Ely, Nevada, elevation 6500 feet

While exploring for minerals with Newmont near Ely, Nevada, I decided to take some flight training on my day off.  The training aircraft was a Cessna 150. Flying at Ely was different from flying at Danbury, Connecticut.  The Danbury airport … Continue reading

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Fighter pilots in training

While prospecting high on one of the Nevada mountain ranges we became very aware that the US Air Force pilots trained in low level flying by tracking west across the north-south trending mountain ranges. While working, we suddenly heard the … Continue reading

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A close one on a dirt road

Six of us were returning from a day of field work in a Nevada valley.  We had about a 30-mile drive back to camp.  I was driving the panel van; the dirt road was well-formed, smooth and straight.  I was … Continue reading

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Sheep, shepherd, dogs, and horse

One day while stringing wires for geophysical tests in a Nevada valley, I came upon a Basque shepherd with a flock of sheep.  He wore a beret, smoked a pipe, and had the reins of a saddled horse draped over … Continue reading

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Stringing wire under a highway

In Nevada we did deep geophysical exploration, which means that we had to string miles of wire. Our current wire, which carried hundreds of volts of electricity, had to be strung across a major highway in a mountain ridge.  It … Continue reading

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Prospecting in Nevada

When I arrived in Ely, Nevada, the Newmont exploration team moved to their field camp, in a valley a couple of hours west of town. The camp consisted of trailer houses for sleeping quarters and a cook trailer.  The camp … Continue reading

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Hitching a ride to Ely

Now I had a problem.  Checking on transportation to Ely, I was told that a small jitney called the Lewis Stage wouldn’t be making the run for a couple of days. I would have to hitch-hike to Ely. My friend, … Continue reading

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Crazy bus ride to Las Vegas

My Triumph sports car, with me in it, was rolling.  It rolled over, bounced a couple of times, and ended upside down in the bottom of the ditch on the side of the road.  I remained firmly in my seat … Continue reading

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Rolling my Triumph

After seven months running the electromagnetic modeling machine, Newmont sent me to Nevada to help with exploring a prospect area west of Ely.  I was to fly out on a Friday and be in Ely, Nevada, for work on Monday … Continue reading

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The Gaslight Coffee House, Greenwich Village

While working for Newmont in Danbury, Connecticut, I spent many weekends in New York City.  I would drive my little sports car down there and park somewhere in midtown Manhattan (some risk, but I didn’t have any real trouble). I … Continue reading

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