Looking for the mine claim
After several miles of hiking I opted for the truck.
I needed the NW gps corner of the placer claim. That was the corner nearest the road. But I had only the center gps. In the middle of 20 acres.
The PLSS, Public Land Survey System had the info. I tried using the government link, but got confused by the second click. After much poking around I found a site, earthpoint, that would give me all four corners and the center for free. Phew.
NW 37.7795117, -107.9492450 (yes, I am revealing the sacred spot!)
Thanks to earthpoint I found that I had been “prospecting” about 700 yards west of where I was supposed to start. Ooops. No gold, but I did find other fun stuff while waiting for the water in the wrong tributary to go down.
In case you want to know more about barbed wire, check out the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum!
I am still hooked on physical maps. Check out my map page.