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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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Holloway Bar Placer Mine - Placer Gold Mining on McDame Creek in Northern British Columbia
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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!
November 24, 2014
Born Again Backhoe
Gold mining is an industry seemingly hand-made for hard working people with an inventive streak!  This digger started life as a backhoe designed to be mounted on a farn tractor's three point hitch, but it needed to be transformed into a stand-alone machine to feed a small gold wash plant on a placer claim near Terrace.  The process started with the construction of a wheeled frame to be the chassis of the new machine.  A small 8 hp aluminum Briggs & Stratton was added to the unit to provide the power to operate the hydraulic pump needed to make it all happen.  Once the design and fabrication was complete, it was time to get it out of the back yard and out to the claim - which was no simple task!  First, the mini-digger was split into several pieces and hauled up the highway to a spot near the claim.  The gear was offloaded onto the bank of the Skeena River where it was hauled across the big river in a riverboat. Three trips later, all of the gear was in pieces on the west side of the river, but quite a bit closer to the final destination.  The miners (a team of brothers) reassembled the backhoe so it could make the rest of the journey.  It took a total of three or four days to crawl across the creek, go under the railway bridge, cross the creek again, and then crawl the rest of the way up to the claim where it could be put to work feeding the wash plant, which was also taken apart and packed into the claim in pieces.