It was a completely new discovery. Gold was found and discovered by by W. Dan Hausel of the Wyoming Geological Survey followed by additional discoveries by Hausel and also by Ray. It is very unfortunate that others who entered the district more than 20+ years after the initial discoveries attempt to take credit and credit others for the discovery - some who were likely not even geologists, let alone born at the time of the discovery (i.e., Apex Geoscience Ltd, 2016). A discovery that is well-documented in more than a dozen publications and in press releases. But this is a sign of the times - for example, the initial discovery of the Donlin Creek gold deposit in Alaska was made by seven geologists - including three from Wyoming. Yet, years after the discovery, others attempt to take credit for this discovery also. Only due to the efforts of one of the 7 geologists - Richard Garnett, was the Donlin Creek discovery certified by the PDAC of Canada.
|Auriferous vein in front of Goat Mountain.|
|Geological map of the Rattlesnake Hills gold district (by Hausel, 1996).|
|Breccia found at Sandy Mountain during mapping project by Hausel.|