Times being what they are, consider mining Gold & Silver might be more profitable & better exercise.
File a claim down at the land office. Then you are off to hard digging & defending against claim jumpers. With the experience gained so far, maybe it might be best to mine where the high value veins are.
Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul ☑