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September 22, 2014 - They still call this a creek! is our latest video!  Is Al brave enough to pull his summer home across the rushing water?  Share his "rush" as he gives it a try...

July 6, 2014 - Rewired:  The Holloway Bar Mine Network has just been posted.  This article updates the original Wired story from a few year back and walks us through the changes and updates made to the webcams and wireless network that carries their signals...

May 31, 2014:  We just finished a short time-lapse mining video - The Holloway Bar Diggers - to get the 2014 season mining and video seasons started.  Enjoy this quick blast into last year!

Summer 2013:  Keep up with the latest from Holloway Bar - Scroll Down for MinermanScotti's Twitter feed...

May 30, 2013 - Our latest video - Through a Miner's Eyes - has just been released! Ride along on Scott's Helmet Cam as he and Trevor mine with the Wizard during the great 2007 adventure that started it all!

November 1, 2012 - Minor adjustments to the Lakelse Panorama webcam page have just been completed to give you a better view!  If you haven't checked out these new feature and its sometimes spectacular view, you should visit the page today!

June 6, 2012 - Part 4 of The Holloway Bar Gold Miners has just been completed and is now online!  Scott & Del are still at it - come with them as they finish the 2011 gold mining season on Holloway Bar!
You can start the adventure with Part 1 if you missed it!

Friday Flashback - Did you ever wonder what lies under a moving glacier?  We go "behind the scenes" of a diamond drilling project through the Foremore Glacier in Northern BC...

April 21, 2011 - Don't miss our new video - McDame Creek Placer MinerScott walks us through a day's mining to show us how it all works. 

Friday Flashback - rediscover Scott's photo & audio journey back into Holloway Bar history Into the Trenches...

March 17, 2011 - Tag along with Scott on a little Holloway Bar night mining adventure in "Let's Go Mining Tonight" - our latest video...

Friday Flashback - takes us to look at how "The Wizard" - Holloway Bar's gold extracting machine - works. 

February 24, 2011 - We've just finished another "sped up" video - Watch "Skeena Sojourn"... a morning drive along the Skeena River. 

December 29, 2010 - Our latest video - Tranquil Timelapses - has just been completed and uploaded to our videos section. 

September 1, 2010 - our latest video - A Year on a Yukon Corner - has just been posted.  Check it out here...

August 13, 2010 - Another mining video is now online - Feeding the Plant: A short mining timelapse looks at a year's mining.

July 25, 2010 - Journey with Scott as he builds the Holloway Bar Placer Mine in A Gold Miner's Dream: The Holloway Bar Story

October 7, 2009 - Shake It! is a new video made from webcam stills documenting the "last dig of 2009".  Enjoy!

July 21, 2009 - Check out the Del's Shaker Plant video to see how a placer gold shaker plant works!
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This page was last updated: January 19, 2015
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Holloway Bar Placer Mine - Placer Gold Mining on McDame Creek in Northern British Columbia
Where are we?
Holloway Bar is located on McDame Creek in Northern BC's beautiful Cassiar Mountains.  McDame Creek is where one of BC's largest solid gold nuggets (73 ounces!) was found in 1877 - just downstream from our Holloway Bar project.
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New visitor to Holloway Bar?   These stories and videos will help get you started on your adventure...

Mining Stories:The Wizard: Extracting the Gold, Cassiar Gold:Mining on Snow Creek, :Boulder City - Placer Gold on the Turnagain River, Glacier Drilling, more Pictures and Stories...

Audio Journeys: A Trip to Cassiar, Waterline, Holloway Bar History, High Water, more Pictures and Stories...

Mining Videos: A Gold Miner's Dream: The Holloway Bar Story, The Holloway Bar Gold Miners (4 parts), McDame Creek Placer Miner, Let's Go Mining Tonight, Del's Shaker Plant, more Videos..

Webcams:  Yukon Cams, BC Cams, Placer Mine Cams, Lakelse Lake Panorama, more Webcams...

We hope you enjoy sharing in our adventures!
January 19, 2015
Living Machine
If you're ever lucky enough to experience standing in the middle of an operating gold plant, you soon realize that this is a machine that is alive and not just a bunch of steel parts.  Upon climbing onto the protected platform near the top nugget catch, your senses explode with the noise of gravel and rocks sliding out of the excavator bucket onto the steel plate on the floor of the mud box only a few feet above your head.  The cool mist that comes from all of the water sprayed into the gold plant wraps around you, touching your face and covering your glasses with a light fog.  When you reach out and grab onto a metal piece of the big home-made machine, the shock and vibration from rocks both big and small hitting and bouncing from the cold, hard steel can be felt right through your hands and arms as the gold rich slurry is pulled downhill through the gold machine by the strong force of gravity.  And if you lay your hands on a pipe painted red, you can feel the pressurized water rushing through the Wizard's veins, pushed hard from the creek by the big diesel-powered waterpump.  Working your way down the goldplant to the bottom end of the rotating trommel, you are again hit by a cool mist from water sprayed into the bottom of the trommel to help the final sort between sluicebox and waste bin which is closely watched for big nuggets.  Finally you are standing at bottom of the sluicebox where the muddy slurry (just brown, silty water now) dances over the riffles dropping the last of the gold into the machine, completing its short journey back to the ground.  This machine is alive!